1. Mali renews state of emergency after deadly attack

Mali renews state of emergency after deadly attack

The Malian government has declared a state of emergency, a day after an attack in the centre of the country...

By: | Bamako | Published: July 21, 2016 9:44 AM
A state of emergency had previously been in place in Mali from April this year to July 15. (Reuters) A state of emergency had previously been in place in Mali from April this year to July 15. (Reuters)

The Malian government has declared a state of emergency, a day after an attack in the centre of the country left 17 soldiers dead and 35 wounded.

In a statement, the government yesterday said a period of national mourning would begin on Thursday “in homage to the victims of the terrorist attack” in Nampala, and that the state of emergency would last “for a duration of 10 days”.

In the hours after Tuesday’s assaults two groups — one jihadist, the other ethnic — both claimed to have carried out the raid on the military camp.

A state of emergency had previously been in place in Mali from April this year to July 15.

Until Wednesday however, it had not been renewed.

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