Attack in Tessit in Mali: 42 soldiers killed

Forty-two Malian soldiers were killed on Sunday in an attack attributed to jihadists in the town of Tessit, located in the so-called three-border area between Mali, Burkina and Niger, indicates an official document listing the deceased soldiers by name.

This new toll, the previous one indicating 17 soldiers and 4 civilians killed, is the heaviest for the Malian army since the series of attacks at the end of 2019-early 2020 by the terrorist group Islamic State of military camps in this same region of the three borders .

The army said in a statement on Monday that four civilians were also killed in the attack. Some of them were local elected officials, said relatives of the victims.

The statement also claimed that seven “enemies” had died in the attack, attackers “likely from the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS) and benefiting from drone and artillery support with the use of explosives and vehicle bombs”. .

The sector of Tessit, located on the Malian side of the three-border zone, in a huge rural region not controlled by the state, is frequently the scene of clashes and attacks.

The town and its military camp have often been attacked in the past. In March 2021, 33 soldiers were killed in an ambush by EIGS infantry while they were taking over.

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