Conflict in Mali

UN says attack on convoy in northern Mali kills 6 peacekeepers, wounds 5 near Timbuktu

Gunmen ambushed a U.N. convoy in conflict-wracked northern Mali on Thursday killing six peacekeepers and wounding five others, the U.N. said. The U.N. mission in this west African nation has the highest number of casualties of the world body's 16 far-flung peacekeeping operations. The latest attack raised the toll to 42 peacekeepers killed and 166 wounded since the Mali mission was established i…

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  • Gunmen briefly take control of village in southern Mali Reuters - Sun, 28 Jun, 2015

    Armed men attacked and briefly took control on Sunday of a village in Mali's southern region of Sikasso, close to the border with Ivory Coast, the defense ministry said. … More »Gunmen briefly take control of village in southern Mali

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  • Islamist gunmen attack western Mali town, 12 dead Reuters - Sat, 27 Jun, 2015

    By Tiemoko Diallo and Souleymane Ag Anara BAMAKO (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist fighters attacked a town in western Mali near the border with neighbouring Mauritania … More »Islamist gunmen attack western Mali town, 12 dead

    By Tiemoko Diallo and Souleymane Ag Anara BAMAKO (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist fighters attacked a town in western Mali near the border with neighbouring Mauritania before dawn on Saturday, leaving 12 people dead, including three soldiers and nine attackers, the defence ministry said. The ministry's statement did not …

  • Mali government, rebels agree security deal as step to peace accord Reuters - Fri, 5 Jun, 2015

    By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) - Mali's government and Tuareg-led rebels agreed on a ceasefire in a strategic town and on more political guarantees on Friday, steps … More »Mali government, rebels agree security deal as step to peace accord

    By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) - Mali's government and Tuareg-led rebels agreed on a ceasefire in a strategic town and on more political guarantees on Friday, steps towards a U.N.-brokered peace accord to end decades of uprisings in the northern region the separatists call Azawad. Western powers are pushing for a …

  • UN peacekeepers stand guard in the northern town of Kouroume
    U.N. investigates reports of executions, abuses in Mali Reuters - Fri, 22 May, 2015

    By Souleymane Ag Anara and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the … More »U.N. investigates reports of executions, abuses in Mali

    UN peacekeepers stand guard in the northern town of Kouroume

    By Souleymane Ag Anara and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes this week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government militia. U.N.-brokered …

  • Three government soldiers killed in Mali rebel attack -sources Reuters - Mon, 18 May, 2015

    At least three Malian soldiers were killed on Monday in a dawn raid by rebels south of the desert town of Timbuktu, officials said, despite a partial signing of a peace … More »Three government soldiers killed in Mali rebel attack -sources

    At least three Malian soldiers were killed on Monday in a dawn raid by rebels south of the desert town of Timbuktu, officials said, despite a partial signing of a peace deal last week. A U.N. military source, who asked not to be named, said three government soldiers had been killed and one wounded. Mohamed el Maouloud …

  • Separatists march against Mali peace deal, hours before signing Reuters - Fri, 15 May, 2015

    By Souleymane Ag Anara and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - Demonstrators protesting against a peace deal between Mali's government and separatists hurled stones at … More »Separatists march against Mali peace deal, hours before signing

    By Souleymane Ag Anara and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - Demonstrators protesting against a peace deal between Mali's government and separatists hurled stones at U.N. peacekeepers in a northern rebel stronghold on Friday, hours before it was due to be signed, witnesses said. Meanwhile, fighting continued around a …

  • Mali rebels sign initial deal, see more work for final accord Reuters - Thu, 14 May, 2015

    By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) - Mali's Tuareg-led rebels signed a preliminary peace agreement with the government on Thursday as a gesture of "good faith" to end … More »Mali rebels sign initial deal, see more work for final accord

    By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) - Mali's Tuareg-led rebels signed a preliminary peace agreement with the government on Thursday as a gesture of "good faith" to end decades of separatist fighting, but wanted more guarantees before signing a final accord. Mali's government accepted the United Nations- and Algerian-backed …

  • Video shows Rwandan peacekeepers shooting protesters in Mali - sources Reuters - Tue, 5 May, 2015

    By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Secret footage shows a Rwandan policeman in the blue helmet of a United Nations peacekeeper in Mali … More »Video shows Rwandan peacekeepers shooting protesters in Mali - sources

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  • Fighters from the Tuareg separatist rebel group MNLA walk in the desert near Tabankort
    Nine soldiers killed in rebel attack in Mali: defense ministry Reuters - Thu, 30 Apr, 2015

    By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - Nine Malian soldiers were killed in an attack by Tuareg separatist rebels on a town near the border with Mauritania, the defense … More »Nine soldiers killed in rebel attack in Mali: defense ministry

    Fighters from the Tuareg separatist rebel group MNLA walk in the desert near Tabankort

    By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - Nine Malian soldiers were killed in an attack by Tuareg separatist rebels on a town near the border with Mauritania, the defense ministry said on Thursday, further clouding prospects for a U.N.-brokered peace deal. Wednesday's attack on the town of Lere, southwest of Timbuktu, was …

  • Five soldiers killed in rebel attack in Mali: source Reuters - Thu, 30 Apr, 2015

    At least five Malian soldiers were killed in an attack by Tuareg separatist rebels in a town near the border with Mauritania, a Malian military source said on Thursday, … More »Five soldiers killed in rebel attack in Mali: source

    At least five Malian soldiers were killed in an attack by Tuareg separatist rebels in a town near the border with Mauritania, a Malian military source said on Thursday, further clouding prospects for a U.N.-brokered peace deal. Wednesday's attack on the town of Lere, southwest of Timbuktu, was the latest in a series of …

  • Two soldiers and a civilian were killed on Wednesday when gunmen attacked the village of Goundam in northern Mali, an army spokesman and local residents said, amid rising tensions after two days of clashes between pro- and anti-government militia. The separatist rebel umbrella organization, the Coordination of Azawad Movements …

  • By Tiemoko Diallo and Souleymane Ag Anara BAMAKO (Reuters) - Tuareg rebels shot at peacekeepers outside the city of Timbuktu in northern Mali on Tuesday in an attack that endangers the United Nations-brokered peace process, the U.N. mission in the West African country said. In another northern town, Menaka, fighting erupted …

  • By Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - A group headed by former al Qaeda fighter Mokhtar Belmokhtar has claimed responsibility for a suicide raid on U.N. peacekeepers in northern Mali in which at least three people were killed. Mauritanian news website Alakhbar posted an audio statement claiming the attack …

  • At least three civilians were killed and nine United Nations peacekeepers seriously injured in a suicide attack on Wednesday at a U.N. base in town of Ansongo in northern Mali, a spokesman for the peacekeeping mission said. "A vehicle tried to penetrate the camp and there was an explosion," Olivier Salgado told Reuters …

  • Sjaak Rijke, a former Dutch hostage freed from an al Qaeda-linked group in Mali arrives at the airport in Bamako

    A Dutch man freed in a French commando raid on al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in northern Mali arrived in the capital on Tuesday where he was reunited with his wife after more than three years in captivity. Sjaak Rijke, a 54-year-old train conductor, was kidnapped in November 2011 in Timbuktu while on holiday with …

 
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