10 Soldiers Killed By Jihadists In Attack On Mali Camp

From i24:
Troops killed in terrorist ambush on National Guard unit based in Gourma-Rharous

At least 10 soldiers were killed Monday in a "terrorist" attack on their camp in the Timbuktu region of northern Mali, the military.

"The provisional death toll is 10 dead on the army side," said Souleymane Maiga, head of the army's information office, without giving further details.

"This morning at Gourma-Rharous we pushed back a terrorist attack which caused 10 deaths in our ranks," a military source added.

Another military source confirmed the ambush, saying it had targeted a unit of the National Guard based in Gourma-Rharous.

The second source said the attackers were believed to be "jihadi elements" linked to Islamist group Ansar Dine.

The attack comes two days after two Malian soldiers were killed and four others injured in an ambush in the center of the west African country.

Jihadist attacks have long been concentrated in Mali's north but began spreading at the beginning of the year to the center of the country and, in June, to the south, near the borders with Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.

The north came under the control of Ansar Dine - which is Arabic for Defenders of Faith - and two other jihadi groups, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, in April 2012.

A move south towards the capital by the extremists, who imposed a brutal version of sharia on inhabitants, prompted Mali's former colonial master France to intervene in January 2013, pounding their positions in the north.

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