Attack against a United Nations camp in Mali

Bamako – AFP

The UN Embassy (MINUSMA) camp in Maneka, northern Mali, was targeted by mortar shells on Sunday afternoon, but no casualties were reported, the mission said. the UN.

A service official said: “This Sunday, the Minusma camp in Maneka was targeted by four mortar shells. He confirmed that no casualties or damage had been reported, but did not say who was behind the shooting.

The attack comes just hours after a French soldier was killed in a mortar attack on Saturday, targeting Gao camp in the north of the country, amid tensions between Paris and Bamako. Coastal wars since 2013, and the first in 2022. In 2021, three soldiers were killed in the French stopped wars in Mali, and a fourth soldier was killed in an accident. Other French soldiers were “slightly injured” as a result of the attack. Armed forces officials said in a statement that “their situation is not alarming”. Last June, France began to re-establish its forces in Mali, beginning to reduce its “Barclays” force, which would be reduced by around 5,000 men. 3,500 in summer 2021 and 4,000 in summer 2022 in the Sahelian zone.

Mali has been embroiled in a security and political crisis since the eruption of a separatist insurgency in 2012, which has since spread to neighboring countries.

Mali has been facing severe sanctions imposed by the economic community of West African countries since the middle of this month against the plan of the military junta, in power for years, and for not having kept its promise. to organize elections. Citizens must regain power.

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