Several people have been killed, after suspected Islamist militants have attacked a United Nations peacekeepers’ base, in northern Mali.
Suspected Islamist militants attacked a UN peacekeepers’ base in the northern Mali town of Kidal on Friday, killing several people and wounding others, a spokesman for the separatist Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) told Reuters.
“There is gunfire and mortar fire against the MINUSMA (UN peacemaking mission) camp. It is an attack by the Islamists, apparently involving a suicide car bomb,” said CMA spokesman Radouane Ag Mohamed Aly.
A UN spokesman said there were some dead and wounded in the attack. He said there had been eight mortar shells as well as gunfire. A separate UN source, who was at the base but declined to be identified, said two people had been killed.
The base forms part of an attempt by the MINUSMA mission to keep the peace in Mali in the wake of a takeover of the north by Islamists in 2012, which was thwarted by a French-led intervention force that forced the militants out of key towns.