Explosions, gunfire at a military base near Mali’s capital

by | Jul 22, 2022 | World

Mali’s military says two attackers have been neutralised after the latest attack on a military base.Explosions and gunfire were heard in the early morning hours near the Kati military base on the outskirts of Mali’s capital Bamako, according to residents, in a suspected attack by armed fighters.
The military, which cordoned off the roads to Kati – about 15km (10 miles) northwest of Bamako – said on Friday it repelled a “terrorist attack” that used two explosive-laden vehicles.
“The provisional death toll is two assailants neutralised,” it said in a tweet. “The situation is under control and clearing operations are under way to flush out the authors and their accomplices.”

Les Forces Armées Maliennes ont vigoureusement repoussé une attaque terroriste contre la caserne de Kati. C’était tôt ce matin aux environs de 05h00 avec 02 véhicules piégés bourrés d’explosifs.
— Forces Armées Maliennes (@FAMa_DIRPA) July 22, 2022

“The Malian Armed Forces vigorously repelled a terrorist attack on the Kati barracks. It was early this morning around 05:00 with 02 vehicle bombs packed with explosives.”
“We were woken up at five o’clock [in the morning] by firing, by explosions, we don’t know what’s going on,” a resident, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.
At 8am, an AFP journalist heard detonations from inside the camp.
Malian special forces personnel were deployed in the area, and two helicopters flew overhead.
The French embassy sent text messages to French nationals saying “attack under way at Kati” and urging caution.
The authorities in Kati could not be immediately reached for comment.
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