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3 dead, 4 wounded in attack on Mali army

August 11, 2015

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — An army vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Mali’s central area, killing three soldiers and injuring four others, the government said Tuesday.

The vehicle was patrolling Monday when it hit the explosive near the town of Diabozo, in the same Mopti region as an attack on a hotel Friday, the government said in a statement.

The total death toll in the attack on the hotel in Sevare that began Friday and ended with a rescue by Malian special forces Saturday remained 13, but the accounting of those killed has changed, according to the government and the U.N.

Mali army spokesman Col. Souleymane Maiga said Tuesday that four soldiers were killed in the attack on the hotel in Sevare, correcting earlier statements that five were killed. He said four jihadists were killed, not three as the government earlier stated.

The U.N. mission in Mali also released a statement Tuesday clarifying that four contractors were killed and the fifth person was a driver, not a contractor.

The attack on the Hotel Byblos was the first by extremists in the town of Sevare. Jihadist groups, whose strongholds are in the north, are attacking further south and targeting Malian forces and the U.N.

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