3 dead, 4 injured when Mali patrol vehicle hits roadside bomb

Mali's government says an army vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the country's central area, killing three soldiers and injuring four others.

The government in a statement Tuesday said the vehicle was patrolling Monday when it hit the explosive near the town of Diabozo, in the same Mopti region as the attack on a hotel Friday.

Separately, Mali army spokesman Col. Souleymane Maiga said Tuesday that four soldiers were killed in the attack on the hotel in Sevare, correcting earlier statements that five were killed. He said four jihadists were killed. The U.N. mission in Mali also released a statement Tuesday clarifying that four contractors were killed and the fifth person was a driver, not a contractor.

Jihadist groups, whose strongholds are in the north, are attacking further south.