National Post (National Edition)

20 PEACEKEEPE­RS WOUNDED AFTER BASE ATTACKED

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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.

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