Seven Mali soldiers killed in separate convoy attacks: army

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Seven Mali soldiers killed in separate convoy attacks: army

<div> <p><span class="caps">BAMAKO</span> – Seven Malian soldiers were killed on Saturday in two separate attacks on patrols in the centre-west of the country, the army said, the latest bloodshed to indicate violence is shifting southward into previously peaceful areas.</p> <p>At around 11:20 <span class="caps">GMT</span> an army escort was ambushed near the town of Mourdiah, around 200 km (120 miles) north of the capital Bamako, killing two and injuring three, the army said in a statement published on Facebook. </p> <p>Two hours later an army truck hit a roadside bomb near Segou, around 200 km (120 miles) north-east of Bamako, killing all five passengers, the army said.</p> <p>“A sweep of the area where the incident took place led to the arrest of two suspects who were immediately handed over to the gendarmerie,” the army said, without accusing a group of responsibility for either attack.</p> <p>Armed attacks by Islamist militants and other groups are common across vast swathes of Mali and its neighbours Burkina Faso and Niger, despite a heavy presence of international troops. Thousands of civilians have been killed and millions displaced.</p> <p/> </div>