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Publish Date: 19:08 - 23 January 2020
Tehran 23 January_At least six soldiers have been killed and several wounded in an overnight attack in central Mali, the army says, in fresh violence in the war-torn West African state.

At least six Mali soldiers killed in overnight ambushTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_The troops came under fire late Wednesday from "unidentified armed men" in Dioungani, an area in central Mali's volatile Mopti region near the border with Burkina Faso, the army said on Twitter.

A security official who declined to be named said that, in an assault lasting several hours, the attackers overwhelmed the soldiers' position before reinforcements took it back.

Local authorities and inhabitants have blamed the attack on militants.

The army gave a "provisional toll" of six dead and several wounded, without giving further details.

The security official, however, said seven soldiers had been killed.

Mali has been struggling to contain a militant insurgency that erupted in the north in 2012 and has claimed thousands of military and civilian lives since.

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