Mali defense official says 2 soldiers killed, 5 injured in ambush on their convoy

wo Malian soldiers were killed and five were injured on Sunday when their convoy was ambushed in the center of the country, a defense official said.

The attack occurred on the road between the central towns of Nampala and Diabaly, roughly 400 kilometers (250 miles) by road north of the capital, Bamako, said Lt. Col. Diarran Diakite, a defense ministry adviser.

“At this time we can’t say anything about the identity of those behind this ambush, but it’s clear that they are against the peace process,” Diakite said.

Mali’s northern half fell under the control of Islamic extremists following a military coup in 2012. A French-led military intervention in 2013 scattered the extremists from the north’s cities and towns, though the region remains insecure despite the presence of U.N. peacekeepers.