Fifteen UN peacekeepers, including several from Germany, have been wounded during an attack in northern Mali.
The target was a temporary base set up by the peacekeepers near the village of Ichagara in northern Gao, the UN mission said in a tweet.
Ce matin, une base opérationnelle temporaire de la Force de la MINUSMA près du village d’Ichagara, dans la commune de Tarkint, région de #Gao, a été la cible d’une attaque au véhicule piégé. 15 #Casquesbleus ont été blessés, leur évacuation est en cours. pic.twitter.com/l40GsrLFzd
— MINUSMA (@UN_MINUSMA) June 25, 2021
Islamist insurgents linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group have been active in the area.
Officials said a car bomb was used in the attack and that the wounded were being evacuated.
More than 13,00 UN peacekeepers are in Mali. At least 230 of them have been killed since 2013, making it the deadliest UN mission in the world.