World Bulletin/News Desk
Two Malian troops were killed and four others injured in a bombing by suspected militants in the northeastern Gao region, the government said Monday.
"On Sunday morning, a Malian army position in Almoustrate, located 120km north of Gao, was the target of an attack by an explosive device planted by as-yet-unidentified individuals," a government statement said on Monday, going on to put the casualty toll at two troops killed and four injured.
In the statement, the government condemned "this cowardly act of terror, which contravenes the commitments made by leaders of armed groups," referring to a May cease-fire agreement between Bamako and local militant movements.
Sunday's attack came one day after Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said that talks between Bamako and armed groups would resume in Algiers on November 20.
The upcoming round of talks will be the third since July, when Algiers began hosting negotiations between the central government in neighboring Mali and six rebel groups from northern Mali's Azawad region.
Tensions erupted in Mali in 2012 following a failed coup attempt and a Tuareg rebellion that ultimately allowed Al-Qaeda-linked groups to take over the northern half the country.
In early 2013, former colonial power France sent troops to Mali and – with the help of Chadian and other African forces – flushed militants from the country's main northern cities.
In recent weeks, however, armed groups in northern Mali have stepped up their attacks on foreign peacekeeping forces.
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