Mali is struggling to contain an armed uprising that first broke out in the north of the country in 2012 [File: Reuters]

At least 20 Malian soldiers have been killed in an armed attack, local politicians and a military official said, in the latest bout of violence in the West African nation.

Fighters attacked a military base in the northern town of Bamba early on Monday morning, according to a local government official, who called the assailants “terrorists”.
     
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Another local official gave a similar account, explaining that the fighters arrived on motorbikes and in cars.

“Investigations are still ongoing on the ground because the death toll must be higher than the 20 deaths announced,” the official told AFP news agency.

Mali has

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