French troops are part of Operation Barkhane against militants in the Sahel

Several French soldiers were injured in an attack on a base in central Mali.

The soldiers who are part of Operation Barkhane were injured in Kaigourou district, in Gossi.

A car bomb was used in the attack.

No one has claimed carrying out the attack.

It comes weeks after President Emmanuel Macron warned that France would withdraw troops from Mali if political instability there leads to greater Islamist radicalisation.

It follows a second coup in nine months in the West African nation.

Mr Macron warned of the risk of Mali “moving towards” greater Islamist influence.

France has 5,100 troops in the Sahel region which has been a front line in the war against Islamist militancy.

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