February 24, 2016 / 9:24 AM / in a year

Gunmen kill three Mali soldiers in attack on checkpoint

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked a checkpoint southwest of the Malian town of Timbuktu overnight killing three soldiers and wounding two others, a soldier in the town said on Wednesday.

There were few further details of the attack, which the soldier, who declined to be identified, said took place at Lere, a town near the border with Mauritania.

A Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed the toll but gave no further details about where or how the attack occurred.

Mali is facing a growing threat from Islamist militant groups including al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb that have staged a series of high profile raids in recent months as numerous attacks on army and United Nations personnel.

Reporting by Adama Diarra; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Alison Williams

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