An official in Mali says that Islamic extremists attacked a town about 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of Bamako, the closest attack to the capital since March.

A Malian soldier says  the responsible for the attack was the Macina Liberation Front on the national guard and gendarmerie posts. The soldier, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not permitted to speak to press, says jihadis also broke into a bank and a jail. Amadou Sangho, spokesman for the interior security ministry, said Monday that no one was killed in the attack by assailants who entered and escaped Banamba in three vehicles Sunday.

The European Union military taining mission’s headquarters in Bamako we attacked back in March by jihadists, leaving one person dead. They also attacked Bamako’s Radisson Blu hotel in 2015 in November, leaving 20 people dead.

 

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