22 Dec '16, 4pm

UN aircraft were targeted in Mali airport attack

UN aircraft were targeted in Mali airport attack

The suicide attack on Gao airport in eastern Mali on 29 November targeted aircraft operated by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), military sources in the country told IHS Jane's . The attack involved a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) detonating at the airport and a second containing 500 kg of explosives being recovered at the scene. Al-Mourabitoun, an offshoot of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, claimed responsibility. While the bomber was the only person killed, the UN's movement control (MOVCON) prefabricated offices were destroyed, the airport's terminal building was damaged, and flights had to be temporarily suspended to clear debris from the runway and aprons. China Central TV (CCTV) news footage of peacekeepers clearing up the aftermath showed at least one aircraft also sustained limited damage. Ther...

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/66477/un-aircraft-were-targe...

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