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Gunmen attacked a bank and a prison in the southern Mali town of Banamba in the early hours of Monday, freeing 21 prisoners and looting cash, a security ministry spokesman said.It was not immediately clear who was behind the raid, but Islamist groups such as Ansar Dine have stepped up their insurgency in Mali this year, carrying out more than 60 attacks on United Nations and other targets since May.Islamist groups hijacked a separatist Tuareg rebellion in 2012 to seize major towns in Mali's vast desert north.
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