At least 15 Malian soldiers and three civilians were killed on Wednesday in three coordinated attacks blamed on “terrorists” in central and western Mali, the Malian army said in a statement.
An army statement said the attack in Calumba, near the Mauritania border, resulted in “12 casualties among friends, including three civilians who worked for a road construction company”.
In Sokolo, in the center of the country, the army reported six dead soldiers and 25 wounded, including five in critical condition.
During the night, a third attack took place in Mopti (centre), which according to the army caused no casualties.
At the end of the week, the Malian army confirmed that it had “prevented” a new attack on a camp in the center of the country, two days after a suicide attack that targeted the town of Kati, on the outskirts of the capital Bamako. .
In recent months, the Malian army has intensified its campaign against the jihadists, relying on Russian trainers.
Despite the worsening security situation, the junta turned its back on France and its international partners, relying on Russia to combat jihadist threats in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.
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