3 Malian soldiers killed in land mine explosion – minister

2015-08-11 11:59

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bamako - Three soldiers were killed after their patrol vehicle hit a landmine on Monday in a forest in central Mali, Defence Minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly said.

Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militant group al-Mourabitoun on Monday claimed responsibility for a hotel siege in central Mali at the weekend in which 17 people died.

"Today again, you lost three brothers in arms to a land mine explosion," Coulibaly told Malian soldiers in Sevare, where he was visiting following the weekend attack.

The blast took place a forest near the town of Diafarabe about 600km northeast of the capital in the Mopti region, killing three soldiers and wounding three others.

"The soldiers were informed by villagers of the presence of armed men near a village and the soldiers went over to investigate," Souleymane Dembele, a Malian defence spokesman said.

Mali's northern region has seen a resurgence of a number of attacks by armed groups as well as Islamist militants who briefly held the area until they were scattered by a French military intervention in 2013.

Malian authorities also blame a new armed group called the Massina Liberation Front for the growing number of attacks in the central Mopti region.

Read more on:    mali  |  west africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.