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Jihadist attack in Mali leaves at least a dozen dead

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At least 12 civilians were killed in central Mali after hidden bombs exploded on the bodies of slain civilians their relatives had come looking for, a government and police official said on Saturday, accusing jihadist groups.

On Friday, “the jihadists first killed two civilians in Ouakan” near Bankass, in central Mali, “before setting traps on their bodies,” an official from a neighboring town told AFP, on condition of anonymity.

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“When the relatives of the deceased came to look for the bodies, there was an explosion and at least ten other people died,” he added.

This version was corroborated by another elected official in the region, who indicated that “at the moment there are other missing civilians in Ouakan” without knowing if “they have died or not.”

A police source confirmed to AFP “the provisional balance of a dozen dead civilians.”

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As of Saturday, a security device was going to be put in place “to protect the populations.”

“Jihadists are increasingly using criminal methods. In Ouakan they set booby traps that later exploded,” the source said.

On Saturday, several dozen inhabitants of Ouakan left their homes to seek refuge in surrounding villages, fearing new attacks, according to testimonies collected by AFP.

Mali, a poor country located in the unstable Sahel region, has suffered a serious security crisis since 2012 after the outbreak of independence and jihadist insurrections in the north.

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Source: Eluniverso

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