20 wounded in northern Mali rocket attack on U.N. base


At least 20 people, including United Nations peacekeepers, have been wounded in northern Mali’s restive Kidal region following a rocket attack on a military base for UN, French and Malian forces.

UN Spokesman Olivier Salgado said six of the peacekeepers from the MINUSMA mission were seriously wounded by the attack on the base in the town of Tessalit.

The MINUSMA mission has over 13,000 troops in Mali to contain violence caused by various armed groups in the north and centre of the country, including jihadists linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State.

Meanwhile, France’s military said none of its soldiers was injured.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kidal has been under the control of Tuareg rebels since an uprising in 2012, and tensions regularly flare between armed groups and the government.

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