The Malian army incurs new losses amid a stormy political crisis

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The Malian army suffered more losses on Sunday in two simultaneous attacks in the center of the country, leaving five dead and five wounded, while the opposition and the authorities in Bamako failed to find a solution to the political crisis which is of increasing concern to the international community.

The double attack occurred in the middle of the day in the vicinity of Nyono, in the Sego region , 100 km from the Mauritanian border, and where the armed forces suffered several serious setbacks since the beginning of the year.

"A mission of the Malian armed forces (FAMA) was ambushed by terrorists, between Goma-kura and Diyala. At the same time, the Goma-kura camp was attacked with heavy weapons," the army said in a statement on Twitter.

"During this attack, Fama recorded an initial death toll of 5 dead and 5 wounded, and the destruction of a number of cars. On the enemy side, no toll was available yet. Reinforcements were sent. Search work is still going on," the army said.

"A military convoy was traveling from the village of Goma-Kura to the village of Diabali," 300 km northwest of Bamako, said a local official, who asked not to be identified.

The source said that the convoy "was attacked around noon by an ambush. Four minivans and an armored vehicle were lost," noting that the residents of the area lived in "panic".

A whirlwind of violence

Mali has been witnessing bloody violence since the fall of its northern regions in 2012 in the hands of jihadists who were driven out in the next world by international intervention.

Despite a peace agreement signed in 2015, violence continued, especially after the union of jihadists associated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the luxury Fulani preacher movement, Amadou Koufa in central Mali, under the umbrella of the "Victory of Islam and Muslims" group. The violence spread to the south of the country and to neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.

 

On June 15, 24 soldiers were killed in central Mali in an ambush attributed to jihadists targeting a military convoy in Bucca Were, southeast of Diabali.

On January 26, 20 Malian military personnel were killed in a large-scale attack on a camp in Sokolo, central Mali, which was endorsed by the Muslim and Muslim support group.

Relations between the army and some groups have been strained in the Nyono area since the beginning of the year.

In April, a report issued by the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Mali "Minusma" accused the Malian army of being involved in the deaths of at least 50 people in the Nyono region between January and April.

The end of the opposition truce

In parallel, the socio-political crisis that has rocked Mali since June has not found a way out, despite the mediation efforts of the Group of West African States at the highest level.

Some of the recommendations of the regional organization have been implemented, including the appointment of new judges to the Constitutional Court to settle an electoral dispute related to the legislative elections that took place in March-April, which sparked the current crisis.

A mini government has also been formed with a few sovereign ministries, but Prime Minister Bobo Cisse has failed to persuade the opposition led by the June 5 movement to join the national unity government.

The movement, which calls for the departure of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita since June, announced the resumption of "civil disobedience" on Monday, after the truce for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Friday.

On July 10, a protest-led rally turned into three days of bloody unrest, the most serious in Bamako since the 2012 coup.

On his part, President Keita affirmed his intention on Saturday to remain in power, warning against attacking "public and private property".