No fewer than six civilians died after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Mali.
Reports from the West African country said the incident happened on Friday near Boura, Mali’s southern region of Sikasso.
The explosion was said to have occurred when an ambulance carrying a patient from Boura hit the IED on Friday. The six people on board died instantly, except the driver who “was severely injured and evacuated to Koutiala (south)’’.
Among the victims, there was a pregnant woman and a two-year-old kid.
This is the first attack on civilians since the mutiny that led to the resignation of Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Also on Friday afternoon, about 10 kilometres away from Boura, local authorities found the bodies of the two local staff of Environment Ministry who were kidnapped by unknown armed men on Thursday night.
The Malian army has been targeted four times, killing at least 21 soldiers with numerous injuries.
No individual or group has claimed responsibility for these attacks amid political instability in Mali.
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