Mali:1 killed, 9 wounded in attack on UN camp

In this photo taken on February 23, 2017, Malian troops join with former rebels before a joint patrol in Gao, Mali. (AP Photo)

Shelling and rocket fire on a UN camp in the troubled Malian city of Timbuktu killed one person and wounded nine peacekeepers, the United Nations mission in the country said Wednesday.

“A mortar and rocket attack was launched against the MINUSMA camp in Timbuktu,” a UN statement said, using the UN mission’s acronym.

“The provisional toll is nine wounded among the peacekeepers, four seriously who are being evacuated to Bamako. The attack also killed one person, they are still being identified,” it added.

The UN mission said it had reinforced the camp’s defenses and deployed air cover to identify where the enemy fire had originated, describing it as a “terrorist” attack.

Sweden’s armed forces also confirmed one of its soldiers was wounded, though not severely. “A Swedish soldier was lightly injured and is now being cared for by the Swedish medical unit,” it said in a statement

The UN mission in Mali is considered its most dangerous active peacekeeping deployment.

By Africafrique and agencies

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