Rocket attack on Mali UN base


Twenty people were wounded in northern Mali’s restive Kidal region, including 18 UN peacekeepers, in a rocket attack on a military base housing UN, French and Malian forces, a UN spokesman said.

Six peacekeepers from the MINUSMA mission were seriously wounded in the attack on the base in Tessalit, spokesman Olivier Salgado told Reuters. He said it was unclear who was responsible.

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

The MINUSMA mission has more than 13 000 troops in Mali to contain violence caused by armed groups, including jihadists linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State.

The French army operates a separate anti-insurgent mission across West Africa’s Sahel region, where jihadist and ethnic violence is worsening.