20 peacekeepers injured in Mali attack –UN

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Around 20 United Nations peacekeepers were injured in an attack on their base in central Mali on Wednesday, a UN spokesperson said, offering a provisional toll.

Militants attacked a temporary base near Kerena, a village in the war-torn centre of the Sahel state, at around 7 am.

Olivier Salgado, the spokesman for the UN’s 13,000-strong MINUSMA mission in Mali, said the position was “targeted by direct and indirect fire”.

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Mali has been struggling to contain a jihadist insurgency which first emerged in the north of the country 2012, and has since spread to the centre of the country and to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.

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Thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed and hundreds of thousands of more have had to flee their homes.

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Central Mali is one of the epicentres of the regional conflict, where attacks on soldiers and ethnic killings are common.

(AFP)

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