3 Killed, 20 Injured as Militants Attack UN Base in Mali






TWO UN peacekeepers and a civilian contractor have been killed by rockets fired by militants in northern Mali.

A spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali said 20 people were also injured during the attack on the UN base, four of them in serious condition.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which follows a militant assault last week on a luxury hotel in Bamako that left 19 people dead.

Two West African militant groups — al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and its affiliate al-Mourabitoun — claimed joint responsibility for the November 20 attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel.

On Friday, Malian forces arrested two men in connection with the hotel attack.

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