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Death Toll in Mali Military Base Attack Rises to 47, Including 5 Suicide Bombers

© AFP 2021 / STRINGER Soldiers attend to wounded and casualties in the aftermath of a suicide bomb attack who ripped through a camp grouping former rebels and pro-government militia in troubled northern Mali left 40 people dead on January 18, 2017 in Gao.
Soldiers attend to wounded and casualties in the aftermath of a suicide bomb attack who ripped through a camp grouping former rebels and pro-government militia in troubled northern Mali left 40 people dead on January 18, 2017 in Gao. - Sputnik International
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The death toll in the suicide attack at a military camp in Mali's northern city of Gao has risen to 47, Mali government said in a statement on Wednesday.

Malian police patrol with German UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA) peacekeping forces on May 18, 2016 in Gao, northern mali - Sputnik International
Car Bomb Attack Leaves at Least 37 Dead on Military Base in Northern Mali
A vehicle was detonated at a military base housing government forces and armed rebel groups. Earlier, AFP reported that 37 people were killed in the blast, citing a source in the UN.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Malian President Ibrahim Keita declared three days of national mourning.

The camp is located in Gao, a former bastion for Malian rebels and Islamist fighters who had joined forces to seize control of much of the country's north in early 2012.

France has been aiding Malian forces to reclaim the country's north from Islamist insurgents since 2013. But rights advocacy groups, such as Human Rights Watch, repeatedly accused Mali’s government of failing to protect the local population from jihadist groups.

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