15 UN peacekeepers injured in northern Mali attack


Fifteen United Nations peacekeepers were injured on Friday in an attack on a temporary base in northern Mali, the U.N. mission in Mali and the German military said.

“This morning, a temporary operational base of the MINUSMA Force near the village of Ichagara, in the commune of Tarkint, region of Gao, was the target of a vehicle bomb attack,” the mission said, noting that evacuation efforts for the injured had been carried out.

A Reuters report notes that several of the wounded soldiers were German.

MINUSMA has deployed more than 13,000 soldiers to contain violence by armed groups in the north and centre of the West African nation.

Since 2013, the mission has been the target for many attacks by insurgents, killing about 230 peacekeepers to make it the deadliest of the U.N.’s more than one dozen peacekeeping missions.

MINUSMA condemned the attack and sent messages of quick recovery to the injured.