Terrorist Attack in Mali

Ray Weaver
August 16, 2017

A terrorist attack on Sunday night killed 18 people in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso.

At least seven people were killed and seven more wounded during two attacks on a United Nations base in Mali Monday, according to the United Nations.

The six assailants were also killed in the attack.

A group of attackers "fired at a MINUSMA camp from an adjacent hill", with the Malian armed forces returning fire, according to the statement.

MINUSMA says they "responded immediately by deploying a rapid reaction force to secure the Mission's headquarters and attack helicopters to track down potential attackers".

The UN peacekeeper and a Malian soldier were killed in an early morning attack in Douentza, in the central region of Mopti, according to a mission in the country, known by the acronym MINUSMA.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and stressed that attacks targeting UN peacekeepers "may constitute war crimes under global law", UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.

"Turkey will continue to stand in solidarity with Mali which has become the target of terrorism in recent years and to support the efforts of the worldwide community through the United Nations to ensure a lasting peace and stability in the country", the statement added. "This is a terrorist attack", Communications Minister Remi Dandjinou said of the attack during a conference on Monday. More than 118 peacekeepers have been killed since the United Nations set up an operation there in 2013, The Washington Post reports. The UN is looking into whether there was any connection between the two attacks.

The five African countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger agreed in February to establish a multinational military force (G5 Sahel Joint Force) to fight Islamist militants in the Sahel region.

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