Jihadists kill Seven Malian Soldiers

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Seven Malian soldiers died Monday during fighting with suspected jihadist militants in the tense border region near Niger, the army said on Twitter.

A statement said an army patrol was engaged by “terrorists” near the northeastern town of Tabankort and suffered “seven deaths and 15 injured along with material damage.”

A counterattack was backed by troops from France and Niger, it added.

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