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One dead, 20 wounded in Mali attack: official
    2018-04-16  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A ROCKET and car bomb attack left one U.N. peacekeeper dead, a dozen wounded and another dozen French soldiers hurt at Timbuktu’s airport area, Mali’s security ministry said Saturday.

“A terrorist attack targeted” France’s Barkhan camp as well as U.N. troops stationed outside the northern Mali city during the afternoon, the ministry said on Facebook.

A dozen rockets were fired at the two camps with gunmen dressed as U.N. blue helmets riding two vehicles rigged with bombs.

“One of the vehicles exploded, while the second bearing the U.N. sign was halted,” the statement said.

The ministry said the latest casualty toll was one U.N. soldier dead, a dozen wounded, five of them seriously, and a dozen French soldiers also hurt.

“The fighting ended towards 6:30 p.m. The sector is being searched. The situation is under control,” it added.

A foreign security source said that the assault was “unprecedented” in Timbuktu. The United Nations had earlier released the same toll for its troops.

In a tweet, the U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) announced, “One blue helmet was killed in gunfire exchanges with the assailants, a dozen wounded.”

MINUSMA had earlier “confirmed a major and complex attack on the camp at Timbuktu this afternoon (mortars + exchanges of fire + suicide attack vehicle).”

“It’s the first time there has been an attack on this scale against the MINUSMA in Timbuktu,” the security source said.

“We’ve never seen an attack like this,” an official from the Timbuktu governorate said.

“Shell fire, rockets, explosions and perhaps even suicide bombers.”

Unrest in Mali stems from a 2012 Tuareg separatist uprising against the state, which was exploited by jihadists in order to take over key cities in the north.

More than a dozen of Timbuktu’s holy shrines, built in the 15th and 16th centuries when the city was revered as a center of Islamic learning, were razed in a campaign against idolatry by jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda in 2012.

The United Nations has nearly 13,000 troops and police in Mali.(SD-Agencies)

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