Three police killed in Mali attack by suspected jihadists

Islamists were largely ousted by a French-led military operation launched in January 2013, but large swathes of Mali remain lawless and prone to attacksThree policemen were killed by suspected jihadists in an overnight attack in central Mali, police and military sources told AFP Wednesday. Shortly before news of the attack, in a televised speech to mark the 55th anniversary of the Malian army, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita had paid tribute to “some of our valiant soldiers, some of the worthy sons of our country (who) paid with their lives in this patriotic commitment”, insisting that “their sacrifice is not in vain”. The three policemen were shot dead in an overnight attack near the town of Mopti while on duty, a military source in Mopti told AFP.

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