UN Condemns Killing of Peacekeeper in Mali

Attackers dressed as peacekeepers carry on deadly attack on French and UN bases in Mali

Attackers dressed as peacekeepers carry on deadly attack on French and UN bases in Mali

At least one peacekeeper has been killed and a dozen more injured when suspected terrorists dressed as United Nations peacekeepers attacked two bases in Mali with rockets and vehicle bombs.

"The terrorists, dressed in blue helmets in two cars Laden with explosives and bearing the insignia of the Malian army and the United Nations tried to break into the camps", - reads the statement of the government of Mali. The Malian government said in addition that 10 French soldiers had been wounded, but the French mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"MINUSMA confirms a significant complex attack on its camp in Timbuktu mortars, exchange of fire, vehicle suicide bomb attack", the mission tweeted.

United Nations peacekeeping and French military forces stationed in northern Mali have been under near-constant attack over the past year by determined and well-armed jihadist groups seen as the gravest threat to security across Africa's Sahel region. "One blue helmet was killed in the exchange of fire". One of the vehicles exploded, while the other was intercepted by troops.

"By dawn the situation was stable", he said. Islamist extremists linked to Al-Qaeda took control of the desert north of Mali in early 2012, but were largely driven out in a French-led military operation launched in January 2013.

The UN's Timbuktu Super Camp, where Saturday's attack took place, was already the scene of an attack last May which killed a Liberian peacekeeper and wounded nine.

Seven peacekeepers have been killed this year.

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