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Mali Cop Killed in Jihadi Attack


FILE - Leader of Mali's ruling junta Lt. Col. Assimi Goita, center, attends an independence day military parade in Bamako, Mali on Sept. 22, 2022.

A policeman died and three others were wounded Monday in the latest in a string of attacks in a jihadist-hit region of Mali, a senior official said.

A gendarmerie post at Sebekoro in the Kita region, about 130 kilometers from the capital Bamako, came under attack at around 2 a.m., local prefect Djiby Diawara told AFP.

"The toll -- one gendarme killed, three wounded, one of them seriously, who was taken to the military clinic in Kati," he said.

"We are preparing to bury the young gendarme who was killed," he said.

The attack is the third to have occurred close to Bamako in the past week.

The two previous assaults, which killed two firefighters and three civilians, were claimed by the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM), led by an Al-Qaeda-linked Tuareg, Iyad Ag Ghali.

Mali is in the throes of a nearly 11-year-old security crisis triggered by a regional revolt in the north of the country that developed into a full-blown jihadist insurgency.

Thousands have died, hundreds of thousands have fled their homes and devastating economic damage has been inflicted to one of the poorest countries in the world.

Since August 2020, the country has been ruled by the military, leading to a breakup with France, Mali's traditional ally, and closer ties with Russia, and the Russian owned mercenary Wagner Group.

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