Three troops wounded in attack on military base in Gao, Mali | AFP

Three French and Estonian troops are wounded after a car bomb exploded at the entrance to an international peace-keeping base in the Malian town of Gao. IMAGES

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Massacre central Mali village | AFP

Scores of people were killed in a gruesome overnight attack on a village in central Mali, in the latest violence to strike the fragile region, authorities said Monday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the massacre, targeting a village inhabited by the Dogon community, bore the hallmarks of tit-for-tat ethnic attacks that have claimed hundreds of lives.

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Mali attack: images of burned-out village where nearly 100 died | AFP

Images show burned-out buildings and the charred remains of the village of Sobane-Kou in central Mali after a mass ethnic killing. Nearly 100 people died in the gruesome overnight attack according to officials. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility but the massacre, targeting a village inhabited by the Dogon community, bears the hallmarks of tit-for-tat ethnic attacks that have claimed hundreds of lives. IMAGES of the village of Sobane Kou

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Angela Merkel begins tour of Sahel region in Burkina Faso

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is greeted by Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré in Ouagadougou. She is at the start of a tour of the Sahel region that will see her pass through Niger and Mali. IMAGES

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French, Mali troops kill, capture 30 jihadists in African Sahel

Troops from France’s 126th regiment in Briva-la-Gaillarde “killed or captured 30 jihadists” during a four-month tour of duty in central and eastern Mali as part of Operation Barkhane, the French-led anti-insurgent offensive launched in 2014 aimed at combatting the jihadist threat in Africa’s Sahel region.

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