Conflict in Mali

Islamist group claims attack on U.N. peacekeepers in Mali

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 on behalf of the armed Islamist group al-Mourabitoun. "We, the Mourabitoun…

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  • At least three killed, peacekeepers injured in Mali suicide attack: U.N. Reuters - Wed, 15 Apr, 2015

    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 … More »At least three killed, peacekeepers injured in Mali suicide attack: U.N.

    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
    Dutch hostage arrives in Mali capital, reunited with wife Reuters - Tue, 7 Apr, 2015

    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 … More »Dutch hostage arrives in Mali capital, reunited with wife

    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 …

  • French special forces rescue hostage in Mali detained since 2011, capture militants The Canadian Press - Mon, 6 Apr, 2015

    French special forces on Monday freed a Dutchman held hostage since being kidnapped in 2011 by extremists in Mali, the government said. The French military said the … More »French special forces rescue hostage in Mali detained since 2011, capture militants

    French special forces on Monday freed a Dutchman held hostage since being kidnapped in 2011 by extremists in Mali, the government said. The French military said the rescue of Sjaak Rijke took place at 5 a.m. Monday in far northern Mali. French President Francois Hollande said some militants were killed and others captured. …

  • French commandos free Dutch hostage from al Qaeda in Mali Reuters - Mon, 6 Apr, 2015

    By Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) - French commandos freed a Dutch hostage from an al Qaeda-linked group in Mali on Monday, more than three years after he was taken … More »French commandos free Dutch hostage from al Qaeda in Mali

    By Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) - French commandos freed a Dutch hostage from an al Qaeda-linked group in Mali on Monday, more than three years after he was taken captive while on holiday with his wife, French and Dutch officials said. Sjaak Rijke, a 54-year-old train conductor who was kidnapped in Timbuktu in November …

  • U.N. finds police peacekeepers shot dead three Mali protesters Reuters - Thu, 2 Apr, 2015

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. police peacekeepers "used unauthorized and excessive force" that killed three people and injured four others during … More »U.N. finds police peacekeepers shot dead three Mali protesters

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. police peacekeepers "used unauthorized and excessive force" that killed three people and injured four others during a protest in the northern Malian town of Gao in January, the United Nations said on Thursday. A U.N. inquiry found that members of a police unit shot the …

  • Mali rebels meet in Algiers to discuss rejected peace deal Reuters - Thu, 2 Apr, 2015

    DAKAR/BAMAKO (Reuters) - Tuareg-led rebels from north Mali said on Thursday they are meeting with Algerian mediators in Algiers to discuss the terms of preliminary peace … More »Mali rebels meet in Algiers to discuss rejected peace deal

    DAKAR/BAMAKO (Reuters) - Tuareg-led rebels from north Mali said on Thursday they are meeting with Algerian mediators in Algiers to discuss the terms of preliminary peace deal they rejected last month. The proposal, thrashed out over eight months of talks, aimed to tackle decades of rebellion in Mali's north where Islamist …

  • Mali arrests three over deadly militant attack on restaurant Reuters - Thu, 19 Mar, 2015

    Malian security forces have arrested three people suspected of complicity in a militant attack on a restaurant in the capital on March 7 that killed a French citizen, … More »Mali arrests three over deadly militant attack on restaurant

    Malian security forces have arrested three people suspected of complicity in a militant attack on a restaurant in the capital on March 7 that killed a French citizen, a Belgian security officer and three Malians. Mohamed Tamirou Cisse was fatally wounded when a grenade he was carrying went off during the battle with security …

  • 2 Dutch peacekeepers killed in helicopter crash in northern Mali The Canadian Press - Tue, 17 Mar, 2015

    Two Dutch peacekeepers died in a helicopter crash during a military exercise in northern Mali on Tuesday, Dutch and United Nations officials said. The two-man crew of … More »2 Dutch peacekeepers killed in helicopter crash in northern Mali

    Two Dutch peacekeepers died in a helicopter crash during a military exercise in northern Mali on Tuesday, Dutch and United Nations officials said. The two-man crew of the Apache helicopter performed a "hard landing" during the drills near Gao, in the country's north, the U.N. force said in a statement. Dutch Defence Chief …

  • Two Dutch airmen dead in Mali helicopter crash: officials Reuters - Tue, 17 Mar, 2015

    AMSTERDAM/DAKAR (Reuters) - Two Dutch airmen died after an Apache attack helicopter serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali crashed in the north … More »Two Dutch airmen dead in Mali helicopter crash: officials

    AMSTERDAM/DAKAR (Reuters) - Two Dutch airmen died after an Apache attack helicopter serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali crashed in the north of the country on Tuesday afternoon, Dutch officials and the U.N. said. Captain Rene Zeetsen, 30, was killed in the crash and First Lieutenant Ernst Mollinger, …

  • Mali rebels reject proposed peace deal and demand more talks Reuters - Mon, 16 Mar, 2015

    Rebels and community leaders in northern Mali have rejected a U.N.-brokered preliminary peace deal after days of discussions in the desert region they call Azawad and … More »Mali rebels reject proposed peace deal and demand more talks

    Rebels and community leaders in northern Mali have rejected a U.N.-brokered preliminary peace deal after days of discussions in the desert region they call Azawad and are demanding further negotiations. Drawn up after months of talks in Algeria and signed by the government in Bamako this month, the agreement is aimed at …

  • Soldiers gesture in front of La Terrase restaurant where militants killed five people, including a French citizen and a Belgian citizen, in a gun attack in Bamako

    By Adama Diarra and John Irish BAMAKO/PARIS (Reuters) - A Sahara-based Islamist group on Saturday claimed responsibility for a rare attack in Mali's capital that killed five people, including two foreigners, highlighting continued volatility in the African nation two years after France helped retake territory from al Qaeda-linked …

  • A masked gunman sprayed bullets in a restaurant popular with foreigners in Mali's capital early Saturday, killing five people including a French person and a Belgian national, officials and witnesses said. Nine people were wounded including two experts at the U.N. mission, said the U.N. stabilization mission in Mali in …

  • The United Nations is urging Tuareg-led rebels to sign a proposal on the future of northern Mali, calling it an important step toward peace in the violent region. Following the latest Tuareg revolt in 2012, Islamist militants seized northern Mali, prompting a French-led military intervention. "We encourage the armed groups …

  • By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) - Mali's government signed up to a preliminary peace proposal on Sunday meant to end fighting with northern separatists, but the Tuareg-led rebels demanded more time before agreeing to any accord. The United Nations-brokered deal aimed to tackle decades of uprisings in northern Mali, …

  • Mali said three of its nationals were killed in a village near the Guinean border during a violent skirmish between miners over a gold discovery. Guinean miners armed with guns and knives killed them in the village of Sanafara, about 100 kilometers west of the capital, according to a Malian government statement.

 
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