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04/27/2022 Mali (International Christian Concern) – Attacks by suspected militants in the neighboring West African nations of Mali and Burkina Faso left at least 20 soldiers and 6 civilians dead.  

Before dawn on Sunday, April 24, militants drove vehicles packed with explosives into three military camps in central Mali. The military released a statement later that day detailing the casualties from the coordinated attacks. Thirty soldiers were reported wounded and eleven dead across the three locations. 

Across the border in northern Burkina Faso, two military camps were also attacked simultaneously on Sunday morning, leaving nine soldiers and six civilians dead.  

The attacks were claimed by Katiba Macina, an Islamist extremist group with ties to the firebrand Muslim preacher Amadou Koufa.  

Katiba Macina belongs to the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims, an Al-Qaeda linked group that operates primarily in Mali but also across other West African countries.  

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