Six soldiers killed in Mali checkpoint,10 injured

Gao, Mail- UN Peacekeepers from Senegal on an early morning patrol in Gao, Mali on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Despite the end of the occupation, many Malians find that security is still a major issue speaking of incidents of car jacking and looting. Even though crime is high, most of the deadly attacks that occur are against the United Nations Minusma mission, Malian soldiers and the French military. (Jane Hahn for the Washington Post)
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Militants with rocket launchers attacked a checkpoint in central Mali region, killing six soldiers, authorities said Monday.

The attack on Sunday night at Mondoro also resulted in 10 injuries and material damage, the army said on Twitter.

Government spokesperson Yaya Sangare in a separate tweet said soldiers “repelled the terrorists, destroying two columns of their vehicles and motorcycles.”

The army air strikes were launched overnight resulting to major losses of human lives and material of the armed terrorist group, he said, adding that a sweeping operation was still underway in the area.

One Malian soldier was killed and three others wounded in a militant attack on Feb.14.

Last November some 50 Malian soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack on a military post in northeast Mali.

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said in February his government was seeking talks with extremist groups in an effort to end an insurgency that has engulfed the country.