Fighters killed at least 12 soldiers in an attack on Sunday in central Mali.

The military outpost at Guire was attacked at about 5am, a source told AFP news agency.

“The terrorists came out of the forest. They were on motorcycles and pick-up trucks. They burned vehicles and took away others,” said the source, who asked not to be named.

“The new toll is at least 12 dead, including the post commander, a captain.”

The Mali armed forces confirmed the attack on Twitter, without saying how many soldiers had been killed. They said reinforcements were sent to the Nara sector, about 370km north of the capital, Bamako.

A local resident said there had been heavy gunfire and the military was “taken by surprise” in the

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