Single landmine kills 13 civilians in Mali

Vehicle was travelling in an area where militants loyal to Isis are known to operate

Lydia Smith
Thursday 25 January 2018 20:13 GMT
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Officials said vehicle had crossed border from Burkina Faso into Mali
Officials said vehicle had crossed border from Burkina Faso into Mali (AFP/Getty Images)

More than a dozen civilians were killed when their vehicle ran over a landmine in central Mali.

Local officials confirmed the vehicle had crossed the border from Burkina Faso where militants loyal to Isis are known to operate.

“I can confirm that a transport vehicle left Dibo in Burkina and ran over a mine near the town of Boni in Mali,” said Malian army spokesman Colonel Diarran Kone.

“The death toll is 13 and there are some wounded.”

A Malian security official told the Agence France Presse that the wounded were in a “critical”condition.

Another unnamed local officials said the vehicle was carrying seven traders from neighbouring Burkina Faso, as well as Malians travelling to a market.

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

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