Suspected Islamist militants seize Malian army base

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Suspected Islamist militants seized control of an army base in the central Malian town of Nampala on Tuesday, Reuters reports the deputy mayor of a nearby town to say.

“The army is regrouping in town (Diabaly) and is preparing a counter-attack to retake the base, which fell into the hands of the assailants,” the deputy mayor of Diabaly, Ousmane Diallo says in the report.

Officials had no information on casualties.

Armed men in four-whell drive vehicles and on motorcycles attacked Malian forces at several positions in Nampala at around 0500GMT.

Despite the presence of an 11,000-strong peacekeeping force, militants have reorganized and continued to launch attacks across Mali and the wider West Africa region.

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