US Condemns Militant Attack in Mali that Killed 31

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The State Department said on Sunday that the United States “strongly condemns” the terrorist attack on a bus in central Mali that killed at least 31 people and injured 17.

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Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus on Friday while traveling to a market in Bandiagara, 10 km from Songho village.

The villages are located in the middle of the Mopti region, the epicenter of violence in Mali by rebels affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

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“The United States strongly condemns the attack on civilians near Bandigara, Mali, which killed 31 and injured 17 on Saturday,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a written statement.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the people of Mali and will continue to partner with them in their pursuit of a secure, prosperous and democratic future,” Price said.

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Jihadist attacks have increased in Africa’s Sahel region, killing thousands and displacing millions in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.

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