//Death toll in Mali militant attacks rises to at least 38 soldiers

Death toll in Mali militant attacks rises to at least 38 soldiers

Malian defense minister, Dahirou Dembélé, has said that the death toll from attacks on two army bases in central Mali has risen to 38 from 25

The minister while announcing this, said the double attack, carried out by unidentified assailants, was among the deadliest suffered by Malian forces this year as they struggle to contain militant groups with links to al Qaeda or Islamic State that have set up operations in parts of Mali from where they launch attacks across the Sahel.

Meanwhile, France has begun asking its European partners to send special forces to Mali and other Sahel nations in Africa, to shore up local forces who are being increasingly targeted by deadly militant attacks across the vast desert expanse.

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