4 killed in Mali attack blamed on jihadists

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BAMAKO: A gun attack blamed on jihadists in central Mali near the border with Burkina Faso left two policemen and two civilians dead on Saturday, security officials said. The victims were killed “by armed Islamists in the village of Bih,” about five kilometers from the Burkinabe border, a provincial police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The source said the attackers were members of Macina Liberation Front (FLM), a new group that emerged earlier this year and has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks, some targeting security forces in central Mali. The FLM draws its support from the Fulani people of central Mali, and is also linked to Ansar Dine — Arabic for “defenders of the faith” — one of the groups that took control of Mali’s vast arid north in April 2012.

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