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2 UN soldiers killed in Mali attack, 30 injured

AFP
Published Feb 12, 2016, 3:51 pm IST
Updated Feb 12, 2016, 5:14 pm IST
Large swathes of Mali remain lawless, despite a June peace deal between the former Tuareg rebels and rival pro-government armed groups.
United Nation soldiers patrol in Timbuktu, Mali. (Photo: AP)
 United Nation soldiers patrol in Timbuktu, Mali. (Photo: AP)

Bamako: Two United Nations peacekeepers were killed and some 30 wounded on Friday when suspected Islamists attacked their base at Kidal in restive northeastern Mali, UN sources said.

"Our camp at Kidal was attacked by terrorists early Friday morning. We fought back but two peacekeepers were killed and 30 others injured," a source from the UN's MINUSMA peacekeeping mission said.

 

A Guinean member of the UN force said the dead soldiers were from his country's contingent.

The attack came a week after at least four suspected jihadists and a Malian soldier were killed in an attack on a UN military camp at Timbuktu.

That assault came just a day after the fabled city had celebrated the restoration of its greatest treasures earthen mausoleums dating to mediaeval times that were destroyed during an Islamist takeover in 2012.

The sprawling north of the country continues to be beset by violence having fallen under the control of Tuareg-led rebels and jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda in 2012.

The Islamists sidelined the Tuareg to take sole control and although they were largely ousted by a French-led military operation in January 2013 extremist groups continue to threaten.

Large swathes of Mali remain lawless, despite a June peace deal between the former Tuareg rebels and rival pro-government armed groups.

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