Published On: Sun, Jul 18th, 2021
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Three Chinese, Two Mauritanians Kidnapped from Construction Site in Northern Malion July 18, 2021 at 9:07 pm

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BAMAKO—Three Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians were abducted from a construction site in northern Mali on Saturday when gunmen raided the site for equipment and took hostages, the army said. The raid took place 34 miles from the town of Kwala, a regular transit point for companies moving through Mali’s desert north, the army said in a statement. Later that evening, gunmen attacked a road checkpoint in the country’s central San region, around 250 miles from Bamako, and killed three civilians, the army said in a second statement. No group has yet taken responsibility for either attack. Parts of Mali have been mired in violence since 2012 when several insurgent groups launched campaigns against the Malian government for greater autonomy. The conflict, which has since been co-opted by jihadist militants linked to al Qaeda and the ISIS terrorist group, has displaced hundreds of thousands. Those kidnapped on Saturday are employees …

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