At least five Malian soldiers have died and another five were wounded in two terrorist attacks in the center of the country, the African country’s army said in a statement on Sunday.
The first of these attacks occurred around 12:30 p.m. against a checkpoint between the cities of Gomacoura and Diabali, and the second, in which those responsible used heavy artillery, occurred against a military base in Gomacoura.
“The Malian armed forces have registered a preliminary balance of five dead and five wounded, as well as the destruction of several vehicles,” said a statement released on their official Facebook page.
The military has so far been unable to confirm victims in the ranks of the attackers and has been waiting for reinforcements to arrive at the locations of the attacks.
Mali and the rest of the Sahel have experienced a flare-up of violence, both jihadists through groups linked to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, and between communities, which has led to France and the G5 countries in the Sahel. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – to step up their operations.