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Ousted Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta dies aged 76

The ousted President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, has died aged 76, family and former colleagues say. Two years ago he suffered a minor stroke but the cause of his death on Sunday was not immediately clear. He died at his home in the capital Bamako, a member of his family told AFP news agency. […]

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Mali’s coup government proposes five-year election delay to West African bloc

Mali’s interim authorities have proposed to its West African neighbours that a transition back to democracy following a 2020 military coup be extended by five years, the foreign minister said on Saturday. The transitional government initially agreed to hold presidential and legislative elections in February 2022, 18 months after Colonel Assimi Goita led the overthrow […]

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Mali: At least 31 civilians killed after militants attack bus

Thirty-one people were killed in central Mali after militants attacked civilians in a bus going towards the market, officials said. Gunmen opened fire and killed the driver, before setting the bus on fire, according to authorities. Most of the victims were women, according to the EFE news agency. The deadly attack is the latest in […]

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16 government soldiers, 30 armed fighters killed in central Mali attack

At least nine soldiers have been killed and 11 more wounded in an attack in central Mali, the army said, but local officials said the death toll was even higher. The attack on Wednesday occurred near the village of Bodio in the Mopti region, the epicentre of violence in Mali by fighters linked to al-Qaeda […]

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West Africa bloc sanctions Guinea and Mali over coups

West Africa’s main regional bloc has imposed sanctions against the military government in Guinea and those slowing Mali’s post-coup transition. The move on Thursday was agreed at an emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra to respond to last week’s putsch in Guinea and perceived slow progress towards constitutional […]

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Mali police officers storm jail to set free commander accused of killing 14 anti government protesters

Armed officers of Mali’s anti-terror police stormed the prison to free their commander. The exact circumstances of how Oumar Samake was released are not clear. Some reports say prison guards stepped aside, while others say the government ordered his release to avoid unrest. Commander Samake was accused of murder over the deaths of at least […]

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Burkina Faso: Rebel fighters ambush soldiers; 12 dead, 8 wounded

Twelve Burkina Faso soldiers were killed and eight wounded in an ambush by suspected rebels near the West African country’s border with Mali, the government said. Communications Minister Ousseni Tamboura “strongly condemned the barbaric attack” on Sunday near the village of Dounkoun in Toeni commune in Sourou province, the latest in a series both near […]

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At least 51 dead as gunmen attack several villages in northern Mali after arrest of rebel leaders

Gunmen attacked multiple villages in northern Mali killing at least 51 people in apparent retribution for the recent arrest of several rebel leaders, authorities said. The latest violence took place in the volatile area along the borders of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso where fighters linked to ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda are active. A note […]

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Gunmen abduct 3 Chinese, 2 Mauritanian workers from construction site in Mali

Gunmen abduct three Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians from a construction site in southwestern Mali. The assailants stormed the site 55km from the town of Kwala on Saturday, and made off with five pick-up trucks and the hostages, Mali’s Armed Forces (FAMA) said in a statement. The men also destroyed equipment including a crane and […]

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Car bomb explosion wounds 13 UN peacekeepers in northern Mali

A car bomb explosion in northern Mali wounded at least 13 UN peacekeepers, UN and the German government said. The UN’s peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, said on Twitter on Friday that the wounded soldiers were evacuated following the incident earlier in the day that targeted a temporary base near Tarkint in the northeastern region […]

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France halts joint military operations with Mali over twin coups

France has paused its joint military operations with Mali over last week’s coup in the West African country. It said the suspension would continue until it received guarantees about a return to civilian rule in Mali. French forces have been supporting troops from Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Niger, and Burkina Faso to fight militants in the […]

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West African bloc suspends Mali from ECOWAS over twin coups

Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), meeting in a regional summit Sunday, suspended Mali from the bloc’s institutions after a second coup by the Malian military. “The suspension from ECOWAS takes immediate effect until the deadline of the end of February 2022 when they are supposed to hand over to a […]