Two Malian soldiers were killed Monday and seven others wounded by an improvised explosive device in the center of the country at war, not far from the Burkina Faso border, announced the Malian army in the night.
The explosion occurred in the middle of the day in Diougani, in the Mopti region, the army said on social networks, without giving further details.
Mali, and in particular the borders of Burkina and Niger, are plagued by a security deterioration and a spread of jihadism that alarms the international community, despite the presence of French, UN and African forces. The conflict in the Sahel has left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.
Apart from attacks on the armed forces or civilian populations, the laying of artisanal mines along the main lines of communication by the jihadists causes dozens of explosions each year.
Since November 2019, at least four Malian soldiers, two Burkinabe soldiers and one French soldier have been killed by artisanal mines. Civilians are not spared.