Three Dies In A Fresh Attack In Mali


UN peacekeepers stand guard (Photo: AFP)
UN peacekeepers stand guard (Photo: AFP)

A fresh attack in Mali has claimed the lives of two UN peacekeepers and a civilian contractor at a UN base in northeast part of Mali on Saturday.

This attack follows the Radisson Blue Hotel siege at Bamako which killed about 20 people on November 20.

“Our camp in Kidal was attacked early this morning by terrorists using rockets,” said an official from the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

“The terrorists fired shots and then fled,” another UN source said.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but a report by Reuters points out that some suspected “Desert-based jihadists regularly launch rockets and missiles at northern U.N. 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.



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