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Al-Qaeda in Mali claims deadly attack on UN peacekeepers

CONAKRY, GUINEA – Terrorism swims in Africa as the Mali-based affiliate of international terror group al-Qaeda has claimed full responsibility for an attack on United Nations peacekeepers in the West African nation.

According to UN, SITE intelligence sources on Saturday, the attack killed at least three Blue Helmet.

Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, the al Qaeda linked jihadist group said they had killed five soldiers, though the UN mission to the country put the death toll at three peacekeepers and one Malian soldier.

Reporting available to Globe Afrique say numerous other peacekeepers and soldiers had been injured during the Friday’ attack which occurred near the town of Menaka, near the border with neighboring Niger, according to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

The West African nation of Mali has been explosive since secessionists Islamic groups followed by the al-Qaeda associated militants seize of the northern region in the wake of the country’s 2012 military coup that deposed former president Amadou Toumani Touré.

During the past months, the country’s former colonial master France became fully engaged in restoring law and order.  These efforts have led French and African military operations alongside the Malian army to sprinkle militants, restoring government control over certain areas, but jihadist and terrorist activities continue in some regions, despite the signing of various peace agreements.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.
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