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Three Soldiers Killed In Ambush In Central Mali – Ministry

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Mali’s Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs has on Thursday confirmed that three Malian soldiers have been killed and five others missing in an ambush on Wednesday in the country’s central region of Segou.

The ministry said in a press release “on September 9, at around 2:30 p.m., a patrol team of the FAMa (Malian Armed Forces) was ambushed by terrorist armed groups at about 3 km from their camp near Diabaly, region of Segou,” adding that three soldiers died along with five missing.

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Ten soldiers, according to the ministry, were killed in an attack on 3 September in Guire, region of Koulikoro. Four gendarmes and four soldiers were killed on 22 and 27 August respectively in the central Mopti region.

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Also on August 22, four Malian gendarmes and four Malian soldiers were killed respectively and 27 in Mali’s central region of Mopti.

Since the military overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on August 18 leading to political instability in the country four different attacks have been carried out on the Malian security forces and no individual or group has claimed responsibility for any.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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