Islamist Militants Say Attack Kills 5 Soldiers in North Mali

Islamist militant group Ansar Dine said it killed five Malian soldiers and threatened to keep carrying out attacks targeting French troops on the ground in the West African nation.

The assault took place overnight in the northern city of Bomba, Al-Akhbar, a private Mauritanian news agency reported, citing Ansar Dine spokesman Abderrahmane Al-Ansari.

Mali was plunged into violence after a military coup in March 2012 left a power vacuum that enabled Tuareg separatists to join with Islamist rebels and seize northern parts of the country. France and the United Nations sent military forces to the country in 2013 to help regain control of the region.

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