Suicide Bomber Kills Four Malian Soldiers

A suicide bomber killed four Malian soldiers on Sunday, the army said, in the second deadly attack this weekend in the country’s troubled north.

Mali’s deteriorating security situation is of growing concern as Al-Qaeda-linked groups mount increasingly ferocious attacks on domestic and foreign forces.

“A terrorist suicide bomber was destroyed this morning, Sunday, in Menaka as he attempted to blow himself up on the approach to an army and national guard post,” a statement by the armed forces posted on social media said.

“Unfortunately during this operation, four armed forces personnel lost their lives,” it added.

The attack comes the day after 14 soldiers were killed and 18 wounded when suspected militants seized control of their camp in Soumpi, near Timbuktu in northern Mali and about 800 km east of Menaka.

And on Thursday 26 civilians including mothers and infants were killed when their vehicle ran over a land mine in Boni, central Mali, leading President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to cancel plans to attend an AU summit in order to visit the area.

Keita told victims’ families: “All of Mali was in mourning, all of Mali is appalled” over the high civilian death toll.

“Everyone knows what we are going through ... Every day we do what we can,” he added.

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