Armed attackers kill 2 gendarmes, wound soldier in Mali

2016-07-03 08:32

Bamako - A local official says two armed men on motorcycles have killed two gendarmes and wounded a soldier in the northeast Mali town of Menaka.

Menaka governor Daouda Maiga said on Saturday the gunmen escaped after the attack late on Friday. He said the soldier is being transferred to a hospital in neighboring Gao.

And a former Tuareg separatist leader, Boubacar Ould Hamadi, said armed men on Thursday killed another former separatist leader in Gao as he left a friend's home.

Both attacks follow an assault on a convoy in Timbuktu on Wednesday that killed three soldiers.

Extremists have increasingly targeted Mali's military and international peacekeepers working to stabilise the country.

The UN Security Council voted Wednesday to increase the peacekeeping mission's force by more than 2 500 troops.

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