Friday, February 12, 2016

Mali: Suspected islamist militants kill 3 peacekeepers in attack on UN base in Kidal


Suspected Islamist militants attacked a UN base in the northern Mali town of Kidal with mortars and machine guns on Friday, killing three peacekeepers and wounding 30, United Nations and separatist sources said.

The attack is a fresh sign of instability in the desert region that is home to Islamist groups including al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who have staged increasingly bold raids in recent months and have targeted the UN base several times.

“At about 7am the Minusma base in Kidal was the target of a complex attack which, according to provisional figures, caused the death of three blue helmets and around 30 wounded,” Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Mali representative of the UN secretary general, said in a statement.

Eight mortar shells were fired at the base and there was also gunfire, said Olivier Salgado, a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission, whose acronym is Minusma.

The News: … k-on-UN-base-in-Mali



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