Two Mali soldiers killed, two wounded in roadside bomb attack Jan 23, 2020 0 1065 12345 Bamako: Two Malian soldiers were killed and two were wounded by a roadside bomb, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, in the latest violence to hit volatile central Mali.The soldiers were travelling to the town of Douentza, in the central region of Mopti, on Tuesday when their vehicle struck the bomb, according to Mali army colonel Diarran Kone.“The route we took was mined. My life was saved because I was (sitting) behind,” one of the wounded troops, who declined to be named, told AFP.Mali has been struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency that erupted in the north in 2012, and which has claimed thousands of military and civilian lives since.Despite some 4,500 French troops in the Sahel region, plus a 13,000-strong UN peacekeeping force in Mali, the conflict has engulfed the centre of the country and spread to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.Planting bombs under well-travelled roads is a favourite tactic of jihadists operating in the Sahel. (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Lebanon faces economic ‘catastrophe’, says PM Jan 23, 2020 0 109 Iraq Sunni leaders spooked by possible US troop pullout Jan 23, 2020 0 159 Rockets target Libya airport ahead of regional peace talks Jan 23, 2020 0 105 Mlilitants killed 36 civilians in northern Burkina Faso village attacks Ouagadougou: Militants killed 36 civilians when they attacked villages in northern Burkina Faso, the government said on Tuesday, appealing for local volunteers to bolster its fight against jihadists. A “terrorist .. Seven Nigerian troops killed in militant attack: Military sources Kano: Seven soldiers were killed on Tuesday when Islamic State-affiliated jihadists attacked a military position in northeastern Nigeria, two military sources told AFP. Fighters in several trucks fitted with .. Haftar the ‘only problem’ thwarting Libya peace: Turkey AFP Davos, Switzerland Turkey said on Wednesday Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar is the only obstacle to a peace deal for the North African country, defending Ankara’s controversial cooperation with Moscow to .. Gunmen kill Iranian militia commander Tehran: A commander of Iran’s Basij militia was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Wednesday in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, state news agency IRNA reported. Abdolhossein Mojadami was killed by “two .. Trump agrees US-Iraq ‘security partnership’ AFP Davos, Switzerland President Donald Trump and his Iraqi counterpart Barham Saleh agreed on Wednesday on the need for a continued US military role in the country, the White House said. The two leaders met in Davos, .. Lebanese PM pledges to restore confidence as protesters, police clash Beirut: Anti-government demonstrators clashed with police near the parliament building in central Beirut on Wednesday, witnesses said. The protesters hurled stones at the anti-riot police, who responded ..