JOHANNESBURG - Mali’s military says 24 soldiers have died in the latest extremist attack as alarm grows about the vast Sahel region being used as a haven for fighters linked to the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. In a statement overnight, Mali’s army said 29 soldiers were wounded and 17 extremists killed at Tabankort in the northeastern Gao region. The attack occurred while soldiers from Mali and Niger were carrying out a joint operation along their border to track extremists. But the 5,000-strong West African regional force, the G5 Sahel, has struggled to secure enough funding. Get more of the Star in your inbox Never miss the latest news from the Star.
Source: thestar November 19, 2019 07:07 UTC