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GUN ATTACK ON UN MALI BASE IN TIMBUKTU KILLS SEVEN

Mali’s army spokesman Selon Diaran Kone said the incident was now over, as the assailants had been repelled and four of them killed.

A scene from Mopti, Mali. Macina Liberation Front, based in central Mali’s Mopti region, is led by cleric Amadou Koufa. Picture: United Nations Photo.

BAMAKO – Gunmen attacked a United Nations peacekeeping base in the northern Mali city of Timbuktu on Monday, officials said, killing seven people, including five Malian security guards, a gendarme and civilian.

“An attack has been launched against one of our camps in Timbuktu (by) unknown men with machine guns,” Radhia Achouri, a spokeswoman for the UN peacekeeping mission, said earlier by telephone, adding that it had deployed a rapid response force with helicopters to the scene.

Mali’s army spokesman Selon Diaran Kone said the incident was now over, as the assailants had been repelled and four of them killed.

In another incident on Monday, armed men opened fire on UN peacekeepers and Malian troops in Douentza, in central Mali. A UN spokesman in New York, Farhan Haq, said a peacekeeper was killed during the clash, without giving further details.

Islamist militants frequently target the UN peacekeeping mission, and more than 100 peacekeepers have been killed, making it the most deadly UN mission to date.

Militants killed three United Nations peacekeepers in a attack outside their base in Kidal in northern Mali in June.

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