Three die in rocket attack in Mali

2015-03-08 20:24
Armed UN personnel patrol the streets in Mali's capital Bamako after people were killed in a nightclub as well as mortars fired at a UN base. (Harouna Traore, AP)

Armed UN personnel patrol the streets in Mali's capital Bamako after people were killed in a nightclub as well as mortars fired at a UN base. (Harouna Traore, AP)

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Mali - At least three people died and 12 were injured in a rocket attack on a UN base in northern Mali, officials said on Sunday.

The UN mission for Mali, Minusma, said in a statement that at least 30 rockets targeted its small camp on the outskirts of Kidal just before daybreak, calling the incident a "complex terrorist attack."

The dead include one peacekeeper and two civilians, it said.

One of the injured was a boy with shrapnel wounds to his back, a source said.

The attack came just over 24 hours after gunmen opened fire in a nightclub in Bamako, killing five people. Al Mourabitoun, a group linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, claimed responsibility.

The poverty-stricken West African nation is recovering from a March 2012 military coup and an Islamist insurgency that prompted France to send troops to its former colony.

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