Four Malian soldiers were killed on Sunday in an attack blamed on jihadists northeast of Bamako near the Mauritanian border, the national army said on social media.
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Soldiers at the Guiré post in the Nara region "
vigorously repelled an attack by an armed terrorist group
," a word commonly used to refer to the jihadists, the army said.
The army reported four soldiers killed and 14 wounded, and six assailants shot.
Mali has been delivered since 2012 to the actions of groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State organization, and to violence of all kinds perpetrated by self-proclaimed self-defense militias and bandits.
The regular forces are themselves accused of abuses.
The violence that started in the north in 2012 spread to the center and to neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.
They have caused thousands of civilian and military deaths, and hundreds of thousands of displaced people, despite the deployment of UN, French and African forces.
The seizure of power in Bamako by the military following a putsch in 2020 did not stop the spiral.