Alain Jocard / AFP via Getty ImagesMalian troops stand guard at a base in Gao, Mali, on Feb. 24, 2019. (Alain Jocard / AFP via Getty Images)
Suspected Islamic terrorists have carried out a series of attacks in central Mali killing at least 22 people, a spokesman for Mali’s defense minister said Wednesday.
The attacks were the deadliest in Mali since an August military coup overthrew the country’s democratically elected president.
Ten civilians died when a car near a military convoy was ambushed, a spokesman for the Malian defense minister, told The Associated Press.
The ambush on Tuesday was the same day that at least 12 soldiers died in two separate attacks elsewhere in central Mali, the army said on its Facebook page.
Nine people were killed in a nighttime attack, while three other soldiers died in a separate incident, the army said.