Rebels injure UN peacekeepers in Mali

from RUDD KONTE in Bamako, Mali
BAMAKO, (CAJ News) – THREE peacekeepers have been injured during attacks by rebel groups in Mali.

A number of attacks on convoys and camps of the United Nations mission in Mali (MINUSMA) have been reported since the weekend in Kidal region, in the north of the country.

The three peacekeepers were wounded on Sunday morning when their vehicle — which was part of a convoy from Aguelhok to Tessalit — hit an improvised explosive device about 40 km north-west of Aguelhok.

The injured peacekeepers were immediately evacuated to the capital Bamako.

In other incidents, the UN Mission’s camp in Tessalit came under indirect fire attack last Friday evening, while its camp in Aguelhok came under indirect fire attack on Sunday morning.

The UN mission in Mali, deployed in 2013, is one of the most dangerous, with over 160 peacekeepers having lost their lives in the West African country.

Insurgent groups are fighting the government of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in an attempt to force the independence or greater autonomy.

The rebels flouted a peace deal signed in 2013, a year after the crisis began.

A ceasefire agreement was signed in 2015 but sporadic terrorist attacks still occur.
– CAJ News

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