Two Guinean UN Peacekeepers Killed in Attack in Northern Mali

Peacekeepers stand guard at the entrance to the Minusma peacekeeping base in Kidal, Mali, July 22, 2015. REUTERS/Adama Diarra - RTX1LLJR
Peacekeepers stand guard at the entrance to the MINUSMA peacekeeping base in Kidal, Mali

EVENT SUMMARY

BAMAKO, 12th February 2016 Two Guinean peacekeepers were killed in the Friday morning attack.

The two peacekeepers were under the UN peacekeeping missions in Mali (MINUSMA).

The attacks believed to have been orchestrated by Boko Haram terrorists also left aleast 30 other peacekeepers wounded.

The Friday morning attack was targeting MINUSMA base in Northern Mali town of Kidal.

Security sources reported that the attack began on Friday at 6:55 a.m. local time when rockets were launched on the UN forces camp.

Boko Haram Takfiri militant group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in 2014 and has been waging campaigns in the home base of Nigeria, but in the past one year it has expanded its attacks in the neighbouring countries including Benin, Niger, Mali, Chad and Cameroon.

A Joint Task Force of 8,700 soldiers has been formed by the five countries affected to counter Boko Haram insurgents.

Germany is currently leading the European mission that is training the Malian army and Berlin is soon expected to send 650 additional soldiers to the UN Mission in Mali.

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