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MALI: 25 inmates escape from prison, 2 guards seriously injured

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SPUTNIK – At least 25 inmates have escaped from a prison in Mali, two guards are seriously injured, a law enforcement source told Sputnik.

“Twenty-five inmates have escaped from the Uelesebugu prison in the south of Mali’s capital of Bamako, two guards are critically injured,” the source said.

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Inmates accused of terrorism-related crimes were among those who escaped, the source added.

Over the past years, Mali has been suffering from a surge in violence, as jihadist groups exploit rebels from nomadic Tuareg tribes, in order to gain control over the northern part of the country, which remains mostly lawless due to separatist activities. In 2012, a Tuareg insurgency against the government triggered France, Mali’s former colonizer, to intervene at the request of the country’s authorities.

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: April 23, 2018 at 08:28AM

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