Monday, February 17, 2020 | ePaper

Twenty soldiers killed in Mali attack, government says

  • Print


About 20 soldiers were killed in a pre-dawn attack on an army camp in central Mali on Sunday, the government said.
The identity of the attackers was not immediately clear. In a statement, the government said "terrorists" entered the camp near the village of Sokolo, killed the soldiers and caused "significant material damage".
"Reinforcements have been dispatched to the scene and an aerial reconnaissance is underway in the area to track down the attackers," it said.
Islamist groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State operate in arid central and northern Mali and have used the area as a base to attack soldiers and civilians in neighbouring Burkina Faso, Niger and beyond.
Former colonial power France intervened in 2013 to drive back militants who had seized northern Mali in 2012, and the UN Security Council deployed a peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSMA. The militants were pushed back initially but have since regrouped and strengthened. In a sign of their success, MINUSMA has become the UN's deadliest mission.
Large areas of the Sahel, the band of scrubland south of the Sahara, are no longer controlled by soldiers and police, to the dismay of local governments and their international partners, including the United States, which have struggled to contain the spread of jihadist groups across West Africa.
Twenty-four Malian soldiers were killed and 29 wounded when militants attacked a patrol in northern Mali in November. Twenty people were wounded earlier this month in the north, including 18 UN peacekeepers from Chad, in a rocket attack on a military base used by UN, French and Malian forces.
France’s armed forces minister Florence Parly will travel to Washington this week amid fears that US forces could pull out of the region. France has 4,500 troops in Mali and the wider Sahel, but the United States provides much-needed intelligence, logistical and drone support. -- Source : Reuters


More News For this Category

172 Bangladeshi students not yet brought back due to risk of spreading coronavirus: envoy

172 Bangladeshi students not yet brought back due to risk of spreading coronavirus: envoy

Staff Reporter:Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ji Liming on Monday said his country want not spreading coronavirus in Bangladesh, so that it yet to send back

800,000 Syrians have fled in three months

800,000 Syrians have fled in three months

Hundreds of thousands of people — mostly women and children — are trying to escape relentless airstrikes in northwest Syria. Families have been separated. Some

1 dead, 7 family members injured in N'ganj gas explosion

1 dead, 7 family members injured in N'ganj gas explosion

Staff Reorter: A serous gas explosion claimed life of a woman while seven other members of her family suffered burn injuries in Siddhirganj of Narayanganj

Coronavirus cases rise again in China's Hubei province

Coronavirus cases rise again in China's Hubei province

The number of reported new cases of coronavirus in China's Hubei province rose on Monday after two days of falls, as authorities imposed tough new

China returnee admitted to Habiganj hospital over coronavirus suspicion

China returnee admitted to Habiganj hospital over coronavirus suspicion

Staff Reporter: A China returnee student has been admitted to a government hospital in Habiganj on suspicion of infecting with the novel coronavirus.

Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman gets fresh bail

A Dhaka court has granted bail to Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman over the death of Naimul Abrar Rahat, a student of Dhaka Residential Model School and College who died

The Amnesty International must come forward to save the lives of Rohingya refugees

Editorial Desk : Yet another human tragedy mainly involving young Rohingya girls took place in the sea off the Myanmar coast near St Martin's Island on February 11. In

 High-cost flyovers bring no relief

High-cost flyovers bring no relief

Special Correspondent :People are yet to get any relief from the city's nagging traffic jam though the authorities built several flyovers in and around the capital Dhaka costing over Tk

Wuhan returnees must remain cautious for 10 more days: IEDCR

Staff Reporter :The 312 Bangladeshi evacuees from China's coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan have been advised to excercise extra caution for the next 10 days as they began returning home after

China provides most advanced kits to BD to detect virus

Staff Reporter :Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said that China is sending 500 sets of 'most advanced kits' to Bangladesh to identify coronavirus as a gesture of