Suspected Islamist militants free prisoners in central Mali

Reuters News
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Posted: Dec 06, 2016 4:25 AM

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist militants attacked a prison in the town of Niono in central Mali late on Monday and freed all the prisoners, army spokesman Diarran Kone said.

Militants in northern Mali have staged a series of high-profile attacks since 2015, extending their campaign beyond their desert bases into the central and southern regions of the country and the capital.

(Reporting by Adama Diarra; Writing by Nellie Peyton; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg and Kevin Liffey)