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Three killed at UN base in Mal

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.

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

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

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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