Monday, 18 August 2014

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Suicide Bomber attacks U.N. base in Mali

Two U.N. peacekeepers were killed and nine others injured in a suicide attack on a patrol base in northern Mali. MINUSMA (the UN Multidimensional Stabilisation Mission in Mali) official said that both the soldiers who died were from neighbouring Burkina Faso. A pick-up truck laden with explosives drove into the UN camp in Ber, 50km (30 miles) east of Timbuktu, on Saturday. Eye witness "There was no checkpoint. The bomber was able to drive the vehicle right into the camp, among the tents, before blowing himself up."
It comes after three other international peacekeepers - two Bangladeshi, one Chadian - were injured when their vehicles drove over mines in two separate incidents at the end of last week.

Troops from former colonial power France intervened in Mali last year in an attempt to drive back Islamists who had taken advantage of an uprising in the north of the West African country.

There have so far been three weeks of talks between the Malian government and Tuareg separatist rebels in July and August, which were mediated by the Algerian government. Talks aimed at drawing up a road map for peace are due to resume in September.


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