At Least Seven Dead In Attacks On UN In Africa

Gunmen attacked a United Nations peacekeeping base in the northern Mali city of Timbuktu on Monday, officials said, killing seven people, including five Malian security guards, a gendarme and civilian.

The mission, known as MINUSMA, said it dispatched a quick reaction force and attack helicopters to secure the Timbuktu headquarters.

"A first group of assailants fired at a MINUSMA camp from an adjacent hill". The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali is the deadliest of the UN's 16 global peacekeeping operations, and the death of the soldier in Douentza brought the number of UN peacekeepers killed in attacks this year to nine, according to the UN peacekeeping department.

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"I do not have enough words to condemn this cowardly and despicable act which takes place a few hours after the terrorist attack in Douentza", Mahamat Saleh Annadif, head of MINUSMA, said in a statement according to Al Jazeera.

A Sunday attack by suspected extremists on a Turkish restaurant in the Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou on Sunday left 18 dead, including two attackers. They reiterated their strong support for the special representative of the United Nations secretary-general for Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, and for Minusma to assist the Malian authorities and the Malian people in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country.

The UN Security Council condemned in the strongest terms "the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack carried out in Ouagadougou" and reaffirmed that "terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to worldwide peace and security".

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The Sahel region is facing increasing threats of terrorism.

There is no clarity on how many attackers were killed by the peacekeepers.

However, the militants have also spread to southern Mali, along the border with Burkina Faso.

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