At least 6 Malian soldiers died in an attack on Malian armed forces (FAMa) positions by unidentified gunmen in Boni, in the centre of the country, on Friday. « The FAMa posts in Boni were the object of simultaneous attacks, » the Malian army said, adding that « initial assessments put the death toll at six and one wounded on the FAMa side.
Insecurity is still the order of the day in the Sahel region: Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania, Chad, Nigeria… At least six Malian soldiers were killed and another wounded in an attack on the positions of the Malian armed forces (FAMa) by unidentified gunmen in Boni, in the centre of the country, on Friday. « The FAMa posts in Boni were the object of simultaneous attacks this afternoon at around 4:20pm, to which they vigorously retaliated, » the Malian army said on its Facebook page. « The first assessments put the death toll at six and the wounded at the FAMa side, » the same source said, promising to come back with « further information on the situation ».
Since the beginning of the year, attacks against army positions have become commonplace in northern and central Mali. At least 30 soldiers lost their lives in an attack near the Burkina Faso and Niger borders in March. Mali was plunged into violence without a president in 2012 when several terrorist groups occupied the northern part of the country, leading to a coup against the Amadou Toumani Touré « ATT » regime. But since the intervention of foreign forces in northern Mali, these terrorist groups have dispersed to the south and centre of the country where they attack both the army and civilians.
Meanwhile, hundreds of demonstrators have called for the complete withdrawal of French troops from the country. On Friday in the Malian capital, the political group « Yerewolo, Debout sur les remparts » organised a rally. The demonstration comes ten days after the announcement of the partial withdrawal of French troops from the country, as Mali tries to contain an insurgency since 2012.