National Post (National Edition)
20 PEACEKEEPERS WOUNDED AFTER BASE ATTACKED
BAMAKO United Nations peacekeepers came under fire in central Mali Wednesday with 20 wounded, several seriously, the UN mission said.
The UN peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSMA, said its base near the town of Douentza was attacked. It did not say who was responsible.
Islamist groups linked to al-Qaida and Islamic State regularly attack UN peacekeepers and Malian soldiers in the area, which the militants use as a base for attacks across the Sahel region south of the Sahara Desert.
Four UN peacekeepers were killed and five wounded in central Mali on Jan. 14 after a convoy struck an explosive device and came under fire. MINUSMA has over 13,000 troops to contain violence caused by armed groups in the north and centre of the country.