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Mali left shaken as dozens of soldiers killed in jihadist ambush

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The Telegraph

Mali left shaken as dozens of soldiers killed in jihadist ambush

The group believed to be behind the attack is also thought to have kidnapped the country's opposition leader in March
By Will Brown

At least 24 Malian soldiers have been killed in an ambush near the border with Mauritania, in an apparent revenge attack for the assassination of a top jihadi leader. The soldiers were patrolling close to the Wagadou forest, a known hideout for jihadist groups, on June 14. An army spokesperson said that 8 soldiers had survived the assault.

A further thirty-two on the patrol are missing. Armed forces in the Sahel region are known to undercount the death toll of attacks to preserve troop morale. One expert told The Telegraph that the attack was carried out by Katiba Macina, a jihadist group allied to Al Qaeda which has been wreaking havoc over large parts of central Mali.

Video shot at the scene apparently by the group showed a man wandering among dead bodies.

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/16/mali-left-shaken-dozens-soldiers-killed-jihadist-ambush/