French troopers of the Barkane operation defend themselves in a shelter throughout a rocket assault on the Gao military base in Mali, on December 5, 2021. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP)
Two explosions hit UN camps within the northern Mali metropolis of Gao on Sunday, inflicting harm however no casualties, AFP journalists on the scene stated.
The blasts which occurred at 0545 GMT shook the barracks of the United Nations mission in Mali, referred to as MINUSMA, forcing the occupants to take refuge in shelters for 2 hours.
The French military stated there was solely materials harm, however didn’t present particulars about any attainable origin of the blasts.
The newest violence within the West African nation comes after 31 individuals have been killed in an assault on Friday by suspected jihadists close to the central city of Bandiagara.
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Mali has been struggling to comprise an Islamist insurgency that first erupted within the north in 2012 and has since claimed 1000’s of navy and civilian lives.
Despite the presence of 1000’s of French and UN troops, the battle has engulfed central Mali and unfold to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.
France, the previous colonial energy in Mali, has stated it’s going to cut back its variety of troops within the Sahel.
It can also be planning for its troops to go away Kidal, Tessalit and Timbuktu in a bid to refocus on Gao and Menaka, nearer to the turbulent “three-borders” zone close to Burkina Faso and Niger.