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Death toll attack army camp Mali increased to 77

Death toll attack army camp Mali increased to 77

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The death toll by the attack on an army base in the city of Gao in northern Mali has risen to at least 77, was a French legerwoordvoerder Thursday know.

Earlier repte the president of the country, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of sixty dead.

Keïta has three days of national mourning was declared. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the North African branch of al-Qaeda, has the responsibility for the attack claimed.

Secretary-general of the United Nations, António Guterres spoke Wednesday of a scandalous act, that the commitment of the UN to Mali to support in its battle against terrorism and for peace, further strengthened.

The attack, the heaviest in Mali in recent years, took place in the vicinity of Camp Castor, where the Dutch soldiers are stationed. They are part of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country. A spokeswoman of the Defense ministry reported Wednesday that among the victims are not Dutchmen.

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