The Malian headquarters of an international anti-terrorist task force, the G5 Sahel, was attacked on Friday in a car bomb blast, killing two soldiers and a civilian, a source of security and a local leader.
Shortly after Friday prayers, a suicide bomber exploded in a UN painted vehicle at the entrance of the G5 base in Sevare. It was a huge explosion, "said a military source in AFP's G5 Sahel Army
Es is the first attack on the headquarters of the Five Nations Force, with the support of France in 2017, to push back jihadist insurgents and criminal groups in the vast, unstable Sahel region.
Two troopers and one civilian were killed , as well as two assailants, said a source within the troop and the governor of Mopti, the regional capital  An earlier tribute of six people killed was revised down.
Governor Sidi Alassane Toure said in the morgue prevail "confusion
"We have arrested four suspects," he told AFP
– Security flaws –
A local Orange traders, Haoussa Haidara, said, "There was a huge explosion," followed by shots that lasted more than an hour.
Residents in Sevare, 600 km northeast of the capital Bamako, hiding in their homes, after Bouba Bathily, a trader who was protected in his house from the gunfire.
It came three days before a meeting in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott between French President Emmanuel Macron and the heads of the G5-Sahel report on progress of the troupe.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pointed to security deficiencies at several military locations in Mali in a May report. He visited the headquarters of Sevare last month
"Poor conditions on and around the site are an important security threat and delay the deployment of the remaining soldiers," the report said.
The G5 Sahel zone targets a total of 5,000 troops from five nations – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – but faced financing problems.
She is on the side of France's 4,000 soldiers in the troubled "tri-border region" of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso meetings and alongside the 12,000-strong UN MINUSMA peace operation in Mali
– Problems of Power –  France's military minister Florence Parly condemned a "cowardly attack" on Friday in a Twitter statement] "Solidarity with our African partners, with whom we will continue the fight against terrorism," she said.
The G5 Sahel would have been completed by mid-2018, but its full deployment resulted in delays, equipment concerns and allegations of human equipment
On Tuesday, the UN said that G5 Sahel Army Malian soldiers would turn twelve in May Civilians were "executed" in a market in central Mali in retaliation for the death of a soldier.
Malaysian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said that after the bloodshed, the government "took the necessary measures" he condemned.
France intervened militarily in Mali in 2013 to help government forces prosecute al-Qaeda affiliated jihadists from the north.
However, large parts of the country remain unlawful, although in mid-2015 a peace agreement was signed with ethnic Tuareg leaders to isolate the jihadists. The violence has also spread in Burkina Faso and Niger.
Earlier Friday, French military headquarters said troops of the so-called Barkhane Mission in Mali had killed or captured 15 jihadists in a joint operation with local forces on June 22.
The collision took place in a forest area of the Inabelbel region southeast of Timbuktu, it said in a statement.
A group of about 20 jihadists were attacked with helicopters and jet fighters after they were discovered by Malian commandos, it said.
Debris was scattered after attack in front of headquarters
File Image of May of G5-Sahel Headquarters in Sevare, Central Mali