3 UN peacekeepers ‘gravely wounded’ in a rocket attack in Mali

3 UN peacekeepers ‘gravely wounded’ in a rocket attack in Mali

 

Three United Nations peacekeepers were on Sunday seriously injured in a rocket attack on a military base in the north of the conflict-ridden Sahel state; UN and local officials said.

 

Olivier Salgado, the spokesman for the UN’s MINUSMA mission in Mali, said the attack took place on a base in Tessalit — in the north — which houses Malian soldiers; UN peacekeepers and French troops.

 

Three peacekeepers were “gravely wounded” in the attack, he added.

 

A Tessalit tribal leader, who declined to be named; said that the camp had come under rocket fire; hitting the barracks of peacekeepers from Chad.

 

“The situation is currently calm and under control,” he added.

 

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Mali has been battling a brutal jihadist insurgency since 2012; when Islamist fighters first emerged during a rebellion by ethnic Tuareg separatists in the north.

 

France intervened to crush the rebellion; but the jihadists scattered and regrouped; taking their campaign into central Mali in 2015; and then into neighbouring Niger and Burkina Faso.

 

First established in 2013, the 13,000-strong MINUSMA has suffered one of the highest death tolls of any mission in UN peacekeeping history.

 

Over 130 of its personnel have been killed as a result of hostile acts; including six this year, according to UN statistics; out of a total of around 230 deaths since the mission began.

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