ARMED assailants killed nine soldiers and wounded six others in an ambush in central Mali, an army spokesman has announced.
The attack occurred near the village of Boni in the Mopti region, a hot spot of recent violence, Colonel Soulemane Dembele told Reuters.
Central and northern Mali is overrun by jihadist groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State that regularly attack the army, civilians and United Nations peacekeepers. They use the area as a base from which to carry out attacks across the Sahel region south of the Sahara Desert.
It was not clear which group carried out Wednesday’s attack.
About 20 assailants were also killed in the gunfight, Dembele said.