Suspected jihadists kill over seven soldiers in Mali

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Suspected jihadists in Mali have ambushed and killed nine government soldiers a day after an attack in the same area left around 30 people dead.

A local mayor said the gunmen returned to the village of Gouari, in the centre of the country, attacking the troops and setting fire to military vehicles.

Mali’s Mopti region has seen an increase in clashes between ethnic Fulani and Dogon communities as well as raids by Islamist militants.

The UN said last month that unrest in central Mali had killed nearly 600 civilians this year.