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8 people killed by an explosive device in central Mali

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Eight people were killed when a roadside bomb exploded on the main road between the towns of Duinza and Humburi in central Mali on Tuesday.

A local security source said that “the victims were on a bus that exploded after passing an improvised explosive device placed on the road between the cities of Duinza and Hombori.”

Mali has been suffering for nearly seven years from the spread of armed violence in different parts of the north and center of the country, after the north fell into the hands of armed groups in March 2012, then the violence spread to the central regions in 2015.

The military intervention, which began in January 2013 at the initiative of France, has helped diminish the power and influence of armed groups in the region, but entire areas of northern and central Mali are still out of control.

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