At least 17 soldiers and four civilians were killed with nine others missing after an attack attributed to Islamists in the town of Tessit in the area close to the borders of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, which is frequently the scene of clashes and attacks.

At least 17 soldiers and four civilians were killed with nine others missing after an attack attributed to Islamists in the town of Tessit in the area close to the borders of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, which is frequently the scene of clashes and attacks.

There were at least two other jihadist attacks on Sunday -killing 12 civilians on Saturday in Mali and five police officers.

According to a Malian army statement released yesterday, the death toll from the attack in Tessit, is still provisional and likely to change.

The Malian army also reported 22 wounded in its ranks, plus significant damage to civilian homes, their vehicles and killing of animals

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