Three die in attack on UN base in Mali

MINUSMA peacekeepers on patrol in Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino

Two UN peacekeepers and one civilian contractor have been killed in Mali following an attack on a United Nations base on Saturday.

The UN mission in the country, MINUSMA, said 20 others were wounded including four seriously.

The Government of Guinea confirmed the peacekeepers were Guinean nationals.

Daniel Dickinson has more details

MINUSMA said the mortar attack against the UN camp in Kidal, in the north of the country, took place at four AM local time.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility although Islamist militants have been involved in previous deadly assaults.

Mali has suffered a series of attacks including most recently on a hotel in the capital, Bamako in which 19 people were killed.

The Head of MINUSMA, Mongi Hamdi, condemned the attack but said it would "not impede the determination" of the United Nations to support the Malian people and the country's peace process.

The MINUSMA force is made up of around 10,000 peacekeepers, the majority from Mali’s West African neighbours.

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