BAMAKO, 24 January 2021 – At least six Malian soldiers were killed and 18 injured Sunday in two attacks close to the country’s border with Burkina Faso.
Some 30 insurgents were also killed, according to Malian military officials, in a a swift counter operation launched by the army.
The two military bases targeted by the assailants are located in the villages of Boulkessy and Mondoro in the Mopti region.
This is the same region where three Malian soldiers were killed in the explosion of an improvised device last Thursday.
Military officials in the capital, Bamako, described the two attacks, believed to organized by jihadist militants, as “complex and simultaneous”.
Describing the insurgents as “terrorists”, Bamako explained Sunday that the attackers entered the two villages just before 3am and charged on the two army bases soon after.
Their guns were out and blarring as they charged on the bases using about 40 motorcycles.
The Malian soldiers killed were reportedly fatally shot in the storm of gunfire that rang out as the insurgents attacked the tcharged or were lost during the counter operation which successfully chased the insurgents out.
Officials claim that the army seized a large amount of military gear.
Jihadist militants in the area are launching more daring attacks every time in an effort to either take over big military bases or to steal weapons and ammunition.