8 People Killed in Attacks on UN Missions in Mali

A total of eight people were killed Monday in two separate attacks on the United Nations mission in Mali, according to the UN.

Seven people were killed when armed men attacked the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) headquarters in Timbuktu on Monday, according to a MINUSMA statement.

Five MINUSMA security guards, one member of the Mali National Police and one civilian contractor working for MINUSMA were killed during the attack. A Malian security guard and six peacekeepers were also wounded in the incident.

MINUSMA says they “responded immediately by deploying a rapid reaction force to secure the Mission’s headquarters and attack helicopters to track down potential attackers.”

Six assailants were killed in the attack, according to the statement.

A separate attack took place against MINUSMA in Douenza, around 130 miles south of Timbuktu on Monday, killing one peacekeeper and one Malian national soldier, according to the agency.

No claims of responsibility have been made, and no concrete link between the two attacks has yet been established.

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SOURCE: CNN, Bijan Hosseini and Euan McKirdy