Three UN Peacekeepers Wounded In Mali Attack

Gao, Mail- UN Peacekeepers from Senegal on an early morning patrol in Gao, Mali on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Despite the end of the occupation, many Malians find that security is still a major issue speaking of incidents of car jacking and looting. Even though crime is high, most of the deadly attacks that occur are against the United Nations Minusma mission, Malian soldiers and the French military. (Jane Hahn for the Washington Post)
Gao, Mail- UN Peacekeepers from Senegal on an early morning patrol in Gao, Mali on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Despite the end of the occupation, many Malians find that security is still a major issue speaking of incidents of car jacking and looting. Even though crime is high, most of the deadly attacks that occur are against the United Nations Minusma mission, Malian soldiers and the French military.
(Jane Hahn for the Washington Post)

Three United Nations peacekeepers were on Sunday seriously injured in a rocket attack on a military base in the north of the conflict-ridden Sahel state, UN and local officials said.

According to Olivier Salgado, the spokesman for the UN’s MINUSMA mission in Mali, the attack took place on a base in Tessalit, in the north which houses Malian soldiers, UN peacekeepers, and French troops.

Three peacekeepers were “gravely wounded” in the attack, he added.

A Tessalit tribal leader, who declined to be named, said that the camp had come under rocket fire, hitting the barracks of peacekeepers from Chad.

“The situation is currently calm and under control,” he added.

Mali has been battling a brutal jihadist insurgency since 2012 when Islamist fighters first emerged during a rebellion by ethnic Tuareg separatists in the north.