Mali suicide attack leaves at least 3 killed, 9 peacekeepers injured – UN
At least three civilians were killed and nine UN peacekeepers seriously injured in a suicide attack on Wednesday at a UN base in the town of Ansongo in northern Mali, Reuters reported.
“A vehicle tried to penetrate the camp and there was an explosion,” said Olivier Salgado, a spokesman for the peacekeeping mission.
Several Nigerian soldiers taking part in the UN mission were wounded in the attack, according to a Niger security official in Niamey. Mali military said the suicide bomber tried to force his way into the camp and was shot, but his bomb-laden vehicle exploded.
“I’m against polygamy, even though I’m African,” explained Kofi Jumeau, who, along with his 43 brothers and sisters, could speak from first-hand experience. “My father had between nine and 11 wives. And unfortunately it really hurt us kids, because there was no family cohesion. It was really bad for us.”