On Wednesday morning, a United Nations convoy was attacked by an unidentified gunman in the capital of Mail, Bamako. Moreover, according to reports from the United Nations, the gunman also fired upon a house where peacekeeping staff and guards were staying. One guard was injured during the shooting attack on the vehicles and the house.
This is the first attack on a United Nations group of peace keeping personnel during the Mali missions, even though those engaging in the mission have experienced rocket fire and other attacks since they deployed to the south of the country in the middle of 2013.
The mission is called the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). A spokesman for the peacekeeping institution stated local Malian authorities will be responsible for the attack on the convoy and the staff house.
Over 35 United Nations personnel have been killed and around 150 others have been wounded since the Mali mission began in 2013. In the north of the country there are separatist rebels and Islamic-minded insurgents attempting to take hold of key spots and town in the country.
By Alex Lemieux
Reuters: Gunman Attacks U.N. Vehicles, Residence in Mali Capital
UN.org: MINUSMA United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali
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