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Al-Qaeda linked group claims Mali attack

Mali attack

A group linked to al-Qaeda says it carried out Friday’s attack on a military base outside the Malian capital Bamako.

Two car bombs were detonated in the attack which the authorities in Mali said had killed one soldier and seven assailants.

A branch of al-Qaeda’s local affiliate, Katiba Macina, said the attack was justified because the Malian military was using mercenaries from Russia’s Wagner group.

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It said one of the bombers was from neighbouring Burkina Faso.

Correspondents say that the fact this happened just 9 miles (15 km) from Bamako is another worrying sign of the growing threat the Islamists pose in Mali and the wider Sahel region.

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