At least 16 people were killed in two-midweek attacks in northeastern Mali by suspected ISIS-related jihadists on encampments of nomadic tribe members, local sources told AFP on Sunday.

Iran PressAfrica: "The killings took place in the evening between Wednesday and Thursday with the same modus operandi: assailants on motorbikes who came into the camp, shot at people indiscriminately from close range, then take away their livestock," said a source close to the authorities in Menaka, the region near the Niger border where the attacks happened.

The first attack targeted a nomadic camp about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the region's capital, also called Menaka. Twelve people were killed.

In the other attack, "armed men" targeted another camp at Inekar Tadriante, killing five.

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They put the overall death toll from the two attacks at 16.

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