Islamist militants killed 17 Malian soldiers and wounded 35 when they attacked an army base in the center of the country, firing on troop positions, burning buildings and pillaging shops, the government said.

The attack is the biggest for months on the army in Mali, a country that faces a growing threat from Islamist groups based in the desert north.

“We lost 17 men and unfortunately 35 were also wounded and these have all been transported for medical care in the region of Segou,” Defence Minister Tièman Hubert Coulibaly said on state television.

“We will make sure that this coordinated terrorist attack … is met with an appropriate response,” he said, adding that the army controls the town and is hunting the militants.

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