Eight Malian sol­diers killed in am­bush

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

IS­LAMIST ex­trem­ists are be­lieved to be be­hind an am­bush which killed eight Malian sol­diers in the na­tion’s desert north.

The bod­ies of the sol­diers were dis­cov­ered on Mon­day. They went miss­ing a week ago af­ter their con­voy was at­tacked on the road be­tween the towns of Gao and Me­naka.

“They were killed in the fight­ing last week. There are eight of them. I have two neph­ews who were killed,” said Ba­dian Ag Ham­a­tou, a mem­ber of par­lia­ment from Me­naka. “They were en­cir­cled by the ji­hadists.”

A team sent to the scene had iden­ti­fied the bod­ies of the miss­ing sol­diers, who were sub­se­quently buried where they were found.

Malian sol­diers are reg­u­larly tar­geted in at­tacks by Is­lamist groups, some of them with links to al-Qaeda.

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