Five Mali soldiers killed in jihad
Five soldiers killed in an ambush, the Malian army representatives said. According to the statement the soldiers were travelling between the towns of Hombori and Boni, about 100 km north of the Burkina Faso border, when they fell into an ambush. Their vehicle was also destroyed. Reinforcements have been immediately dispatched. (Image above: Hombori sunset).
It came days after gunmen killed 24 soldiers in an attack on an army unit in neighboring Burkina Faso.
Terrorist attacks targeting local security forces in the Sahel region have increased lately.
Since 2012, Islamists linked to al Qaeda have taken control of northern Mali, exploiting the downfall of Libyan state, and following Tuareg separatist uprising. The fragility of the Sahel region, is cause for international concern.
Despite French intervention and the deployment of joint forces from five Sahel countries, terrorist groups still control a large part of this region and are increasingly influential in Burkina Faso and Niger.