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Nineteen soldiers were killed and five wounded in an attack on an army camp in central Mali before dawn on Sunday, an army spokesman and a local official told Reuters.
The identity of the attackers was not immediately clear. They entered the camp near the village of Sokolo at about 0500 GMT, opened fire, destroyed some structures and left soon after, said Balco Ba, a deputy administrator in the nearby town of Niono.
Army spokesman Dirran Kone said the camp was later under control, reinforcements were in place and a search was underway for the assailants. The Malian armys official Twitter account said a Malian plane had been deployed to monitor the scene.
Le poste est sous contrôle #FAMa. Le ratissage en cours L'avion militaire malienne sur zone.
Le bilan provisoire est de 19 morts 5 blessés du matériel endommagé et ou emporté. pic.twitter.com/sgQjcajf2C
— Forces Armées Maliennes (@FAMa_DIRPA) January 26, 2020