Death toll attack on army camp Mali runs to sixty

Death toll attack on army camp Mali runs to sixty

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The death toll from the attack in the north of Mali on a military base in the city of Gao is sustained until at least sixty. A further 115 people were killed or wounded.

That has the president of the country, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta Wednesday informed that three days of national mourning proclaimed. The assault was committed with a bomauto.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the North African branch of al-Qaida, 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. According to a spokeswoman of the ministry of Defence are among the victims, not the Dutch

Peace agreement

On the military base are, in any case, Malian soldiers are stationed, but also members of various rival armed groups. They conduct joint patrols, as agreed in a peace agreement. That agreement, which under the leadership of the United Nations came into being, it was aimed to put an end to the violence in the troubled north of Mali.

The netherlands is since 2014 part of the UN mission in Mali. Recently, the contribution extended to the end of this year. There are approximately 290 Dutch active for the mission. They are mainly concerned with the collection and analysis of information.

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