Twelve Mali Soldiers Killed In Raids On Base

Malian and MINUSMA soldiers carry flag-draped coffins of U.N. soldiers during funeral in Bamako
Malian and MINUSMA soldiers carry the flag-draped coffins of two U.N. soldiers killed in last Saturday's bomb attack in Kidal, during their funeral in Bamako December 18, 2013. A suicide bomber killed two Senegalese U.N. peacekeepers and destroyed the only operating bank in the northern Malian town of Kidal last Saturday, a day before a second round of parliamentary elections. REUTERS/Adama Diarra (MALI - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY POLITICS CONFLICT)
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Twelve Malian soldiers were killed in attacks on their base in the volatile center of the country, the army said Tuesday, in the latest violence to hit the West African state. In a statement, Mali’s military said an army outpost in the central Mopti region was attacked overnight, leaving nine soldiers dead and an unidentified number of wounded.
 

Militants also attacked reinforcements sent to the base on Tuesday morning, killing three soldiers and wounding 10, according to a provisional tally.

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Thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed in the fighting to date, and hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes.

Anger at the brutal conflict contributed to protests against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita this year, which culminated in his ouster in a military coup on August 18.

THE GUARDIAN

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