Mali’s troubled north continue to suffer more casualty, with increased attacks.

The country’s deteriorating security situation is of growing concern as Al-Qaeda-linked groups mount increasingly ferocious attacks on domestic and foreign forces.

In a second deadly attack this weekend, four Malian soldiers were killed on Sunday by a suicide bomber.

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"A terrorist suicide bomber was destroyed this morning, Sunday, January 28, 2018, in Menaka as he attempted to blow himself up on the approach to an army and national guard post," a statement by the armed forces posted on social media said.

"Unfortunately, during this operation, four armed forces personnel lost their lives," it added.

A Malian military source told AFP earlier there was more than one attacker, blaming jihadists, adding that the armed forces were now "in control of the situation". A local official told AFP rockets were launched at the site.

The attack comes the day after 14 soldiers were killed and 18 wounded when suspected jihadists seized control of their camp in Soumpi, near Timbuktu in northern Mali and about 800 kilometres (500 miles) east of Menaka.

And on Thursday 26 civilians including mothers and infants were killed when their vehicle ran over a landmine in Boni, central Mali, leading President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to cancel plans to attend an African Union summit in order to visit the area.

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