7 soldiers, 1 civilian killed in central Mali

By Abdoulaye Ibrahim Bachir

ANKARA (AA) – Seven soldiers and a civilian driver were killed Thursday in central Mali, when an improvised explosive was detonated as military vehicles passed by, according to the local media.

The explosive was planted on the road between the northern city of Timbuktu and the more central town of Mopti, reported local media.

The West African country has been marred by violence since 2012.

On July 17, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said at least 289 people were killed in some 99 incidents this year in Mali.

The UN last year declared the country the most dangerous for UN peacekeepers in the world.

Since 2013, more than 150 UN peacekeepers have been killed.