– Four soldiers have been killed in a bomb blast in Mali, with another one seriously injured
– An explosive device had reportedly detonated when a vehicle conveying some of the military junta got to a borderline town with Burkina Faso
– The development comes a day after the military junta freed two government officials arrested during Tuesday coup
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Days after the military took over power in Mali, four soldiers have reportedly lost their lives as a bomb explosion rocked the centre of the country.
Premium Times reports that an explosive device detonated when a vehicle conveying some of the military junta reached Koro, a borderline town with Burkina Faso, killing four soldiers and leaving one seriously injured.
Legit.ng gathers that the development comes a day after the military junta freed two government officials arrested during Tuesday coup.
Recall that the junta had earlier rejected foreign interference. They, however, gave the human rights team of the United Nations mission in Mali access to President Ibrahim Keita who is being detained alongside 17 other political leaders.
They have also promised to oversee elections for a transitional government in due time.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally broken silence on the mutiny attack in Mali which saw President Keita ousted out as the country’s leader in a bloodless coup.
The Nigerian president condemned the sack of the constitutional order in the West African state, saying the events have brought great setbacks to regional diplomacy and security of Mali.
Buhari, who spoke through his Twitter page on Thursday, August 20, called for the establishment and restoration of “constitutional order, peace and stability.”
Also, as the international community brainstorm on ways to bring about the return of peace in Mali, Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, is to lead some envoys to the African nation.
Jonathan is to lead ambassadors from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Mali in the search for lasting solutions after the political unrest in the country climaxed into a coup.
As part of his responsibilities, the former Nigerian leader is to organise talks between the envoys and rival groups in Mali so as to restore democratic rule and processes.
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