Saturday, 28 November 2015

3 Killed in UN Base in Mali

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The United Nations said unknown attackers fired rockets at a UN peacekeeping base in Kidal in northern Mali on Saturday, killing three people inside, in the latest sign that the West African country’s Islamist insurgency is intensifying.


Nation reports that French troops and the 10,000-strong UN force are struggling to stabilise the former French colony where Islamist militants attacked a hotel in the capital on November 20 and killed 20 people, in their bloodiest attack yet in the country’s south.

Desert-based jihadists regularly launch rockets and missiles at northern UN bases, especially around full moon when the lighter nights make it easier to target the camps, although it is rare for the missiles to land inside the camp.

“They fired rockets from around 4am inside the MINUSMA camp,” Olivier Salgado, Deputy Chief of Communication in the peacekeeping mission, told Reuters.

“We have three dead and four seriously injured,” he said, adding that there were a total of 20 wounded and that medical evacuations were underway.

He did not name the victims’ nationalities although a UN source said two were peacekeepers from neighbouring Guinea.

A witness said bursts of gunfire were heard shortly after the rockets landed as well as mortar fire coming from inside the camp.

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