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Mali Vows to Stabilize Militant-Hit Region Before Elections

  • Government says central region is its biggest concern
  • Islamist militants infiltrated small towns, closed schools
Malian anti-terrorist special forces arrive at a tourist resort after an attack in Bamako on June 19, 2017.

Malian anti-terrorist special forces arrive at a tourist resort after an attack in Bamako on June 19, 2017.

Photographer: Habibou  Kouyate/AFP/Getty Images

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Mali will deploy additional troops to its central region in a bid to halt an escalation of Islamist militant attacks as pressure mounts to stabilize the West African nation before elections later this year.

“Our biggest concern is the security of central Mali,” Security Minister Salif Traore said Monday in an interview in the capital, Bamako. “We are under time constraints because we have major elections scheduled in six months.”