Several French soldiers injured in latest Mali attack

Saturday’s attack targeted a French military camp and the UN MINUSMA peacekeeping positions in the northern city of Timbuktu. One UN peacekeeper and 15 jihadist suspects were killed while seven French soldiers were wounded, according to FRANCE 24 Mali correspondent Anthony Fouchard.

This latest deadly incident follows a string of violent attacks linked to jihadists in Mali this year – including the killing of two French soldiers with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on March 3, the killing of 14 Malian soldiers when jihadists overran a Malian army base on January 27, and the killing of four UN peacekeepers and one Malian soldier in an ambush on January 26.

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