Rebels kill two soldiers in Mali: government

Malian soldiers stand guard in a street in Kidal on May 17, 2014Two Malian soldiers have been killed and four wounded by an improvised bomb in the conflict-torn west African nation’s restive northern desert, the government said. The troops died on Sunday morning when they were blown up by the device in the town of Almoustrate, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Gao, the largest city in the north. “One of the positions held by armed forces in Almoustrate was the target of an attack by an explosive device placed by unidentified individuals. The toll is two dead, four wounded,” a government statement issued late Sunday said.

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