In Mali, gunmen attacked and briefly seized an army base overnight, killing at least 16 soldiers and destroying five vehicles in Mopti region.
The base is in the village of Dioura, the mayor of the nearest town Kareri, Youssouf Coulibaly, told Reuters by telephone from inside the base on Sunday. “I’m currently inside the base and there were many deaths here. We have counted 16 so far,” Coulibaly said. Army spokesman Colonel Diarran Kone confirmed the attack. A second military source told “Our men responded … We don’t have an exact toll yet but there is a lot of damage,” he said.
“The toll was heavy, catastrophic,” a spokesman for Defence Minister Tiemoko Sangare said, “All our thoughts are with the brave soldiers of the Malian Army who fell this day in Dioura protecting people against a cowardly enemy,” President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said in a statement his office posted on Twitter.
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17 August, 2019