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“Islamist militants kill 17 soldiers in attack on Mali army base,” by Adama Diarra and Tiamoko Dialo, Reuters, July 19, 2016:
Islamist militants killed 17 Malian soldiers and wounded 35 when they attacked an army base in the center of the country, firing on troop positions, burning buildings and pillaging shops, the government said.
The attack is the biggest for months on the army in Mali, a country that faces a growing threat from Islamist groups based in the desert north.
“We lost 17 men and unfortunately 35 were also wounded and these have all been transported for medical care in the region of Segou,” Defence Minister Tièman Hubert Coulibaly said on state television.
“We will make sure that this coordinated terrorist attack … is met with an appropriate response,” he said, adding that the army controls the town and is hunting the militants.
Army spokesman Souleymane Maiga told Reuters the raiders briefly took control of the base in Nampala, which is set in semi-desert scrubland close to the Mauritanian border. He said Malian troops retreated to nearby Diabaly to regroup.
Maiga said three groups staged the raid: Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb attacked from the north, the Macina Liberation Front linked to Ansar Dine waited outside the town to ambush military reinforcements and an ethnic Peul group attacked from the southeast.
His comments tie in with a claim of responsibility by Ansar Dine, which said its Macina Battalion staged the raid. A Malian intelligence source told Reuters the militants took seized weapons and vehicles to a forest….