BAMAKO, Mali (AP) – Officials said a UN peacekeeper is dead and 10 French soldiers have been wounded after an extremist attack in northern Mali.
Residents in the town of Timbuktu reported hearing two large detonations Saturday near a camp for the UN mission known as MINUSMA.
Ten soldiers from the French military operation known as Barkhane were among those hurt – five seriously, according to the Malian security ministry. There was no immediate claim of responsibility though a number of extremist groups are active in the region.
A security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to reporters, said one of the vehicles used in the attack had been disguised as a MINUSMA vehicle while the other was marked as a Malian military vehicle.