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Four Mali troops killed by landmine: military sources

AFP  |  Bamako 

Four soldiers were killed when their vehicle ran over a road mine in the central town of as they returned from an operation against jihadists, sources told AFP.

"Returning from a successful operation against the jihadists' main base in Dialloube, where 10 terrorists were neutralised, an army vehicle drove over a mine, killing four soldiers," said a source at the defence ministry.

A foreign source yesterday confirmed the deaths, adding that two other soldiers were seriously injured.

Jihadists have ramped up their activities in central in recent months, targeting domestic and foreign forces in violence once confined to the restive north.

Four UN peacekeepers were killed and four were wounded last week when a mine exploded under their vehicle in central

During a visit to the region earlier this week Mali's assured that ramped up operations were beginning to bear fruit.

Islamic extremists linked to took control of the desert north of in early 2012, but were largely driven out in a French-led operation launched in January 2013.

In June 2015, signed a peace agreement with coalitions of armed groups. But the jihadists remain active, and large tracts of the country are lawless.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 03:40 IST