17 May '17, 5pm

JNIM claims mortar barrage on UN forces in Timbuktu

JNIM claims mortar barrage on UN forces in Timbuktu

Photo released by JNIM showing the shelling of the UN’s base in Timbuktu The Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), al Qaeda’s branch in West Africa, has claimed a mortar barrage on UN peacekeeping forces in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu. Four peacekeepers were wounded, while three Malian soldiers were also wounded in a near simultaneous barrage. In the early morning hours of May 15, JNIM launched several mortars into the main UN base near the airport in Timbuktu. The surprise attack left at least four Burkinabe peacekeepers wounded, while some sources indicated the number may be higher at six. Around the same time, mortars were fired into Malian army positions in the town of Kabara, just south of the Timbuktu airport. Local sources reported that at least three soldiers were wounded in that barrage. Monday’s barrage came just a week after a similar attack le...

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