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Gunmen Open Fire on UN Camps in Mali as Militant Attacks Surge

The United Nations mission in Mali deployed attack helicopters after two assaults on UN bases in the northern city of Gao left at least four people dead.

A UN soldier was killed and three others seriously injured when gunmen fired rockets at the main UN military camp in Gao at about 9 p.m. on Tuesday, according to an e-mailed statement from the UN. Another UN staff member and two Malian security guards died in a subsequent attack on the UN anti-mining station in the city.

“I’m revolted by these vicious, cowardly and totally unacceptable attacks,” Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the chief of the UN mission in the West African nation, said in the statement.

Last month, Mali saw a surge in deadly attacks by Islamist militants, who have bases in its sparsely populated desert north. Five Chadian peacekeepers died when their convoy detonated an explosive device, while five Togolese troops were killed in an ambush less than two weeks later.


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