Two peacekeepers killed in Mali as militants attack United Nations base
Two peacekeepers were killed in the northeastern town of Kidal, Mali, after the United Nations based in the town came under attack on Friday morning.
The Associated Press is also reporting that 30 others were injured in the attack on UN camp
Several reports stated that the attack appears to be a coordinated with truck, mortar, and automatic weapons.
Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, it is suspected to be the work of Aqaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
On February 5, 2016, the group attacked a United Nations police camp in Timbuktu, Mali.
AQIM has become very active in the West African country from January 2012 When the northern part of the country broke away to form an autonomous state in Azawad. The Tuareg fighters were helped by Islamist militants who are AQIM members. The insurgency was later repressed but some of the hardliners still remained active in the area.
Last November,gunmen attacked the luxury Radisson Hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako killing three people while holding 170 others hostage.