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Army retakes central Mali town from jihadists

The militants fired on administrative buildings and set fire to the mayor's office, leading the army to recall its troops from the vicinityThe Malian army Saturday regained control of a central town briefly held by jihadists, UN and Malian security sources told AFP, but the unnamed armed group allegedly left with a local official they were keeping hostage. Boni is home to several thousand people and was seized by unidentified jihadists on Friday afternoon until the early hours of Saturday. “The jihadists left Boni in the night and today around 8am the Malian army came back to take control of the town,” a Malian security source told AFP.

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