Explosion rocks Mali, six killed
By Our Reporter
September 13, 2020 - An improvised explosive device (IED) has gone off near Boura, Mali’s southern region of Sikasso, leaving six civilians killed, a local security source confirmed on Saturday.
A Malian official confirmed this under anonymity for fear of being engaged.
According to the officer, an ambulance carrying a patient from Boura hit an IED on Friday, killing six people on board, 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, he said.
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, said the officer.
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.