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Eleven Malian soldiers have been killed during an ambush on a convoy in the central Mopti region, the military says.

A statement said nine other soldiers were seriously injured when a car bomb was detonated and the convoy was then targeted with heavy gunfire.

A Malian officer described the attackers as terrorists – a term commonly used to refer to the jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

Last week officials in Mali said more than 40 people were killed by suspected jihadists in several villages in the north of the country.

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