At least six people over the past weekend died in multiple attacks in northern and southern Mali.
According to military and security sources, three soldiers, two customs officers and a civilian were killed by unidentified assailants. The assailants later made away with a car, weapons and several rounds of ammunition.
The first attack targeted a Malian army security post in Almoustarat, located about 120 kilometers north of Gao, the capital city of the vast Gao region.
The second attack targeted a Customs post on Saturday evening in the southern town of Ouélessbougou, about 80 kilometers from the capital Bamako.
On Sunday morning a third attack which took place in the Gao region targeting Sonef and Nour transport buses.
Further security sources reports indicate that several other people were robbed of their possessions in the course of these attacks, which have not yet been claimed.
In spite of continued French troop deployments, a U.N. peacekeeping mission and years of peace talks, Mali remains overwhelmed by banditry, unrest and Islamist attacks.