Islamic Militants Kill Seven Soldiers

Gunmen suspected to be Islamic militants have killed at least seven Malian soldiers near the Mauritanian border, a local mayor said Monday, in a dawn raid that illustrated continuing volatility two years after France helped take back territory seized by al Qaeda-linked militants.

A spokesman for the Malian army confirmed the attack in the town of Nampala, about 520 km northeast of Bamako, but declined to give details about the casualties.

Oumar Diakite, the mayor of neighbouring Diabaly district, said the attack started at 4 a.m, "The Islamists were on motorbikes and some were on foot. They killed seven soldiers before they were chased out of the town around 11 by a reinforcement of the army," Diakite told Reuters.



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