3 civilians killed in terrorist attack on UN contractor in Mali

3 civilians killed in terrorist attack on UN contractor in Mali

At least three Malian civilians were killed and four foreigners working for a UN-contracted mine-clearing operation wounded in a suicide attack on Monday in the country's violence-hit north, the security ministry and other official sources said.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): At least three Malian civilians were killed and four foreigners working for a UN-contracted mine-clearing operation wounded in a suicide attack on Monday in the country's violence-hit north, the security ministry and other official sources said.

The attack, claimed by a group linked to Al-Qaeda, took place in the city of Gao at around 2000 GMT, according to a ministry statement.

"A loaded 4x4 vehicle exploded in the vicinity of a residential complex," the ministry said, adding that two others were wounded in the blast, which also damaged surrounding homes.

Mali has been struggling to return to stability after terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda took control of the north in early 2012.

A local official said at least two Malian passers-by who lived close to the targeted building had died in the latest attack.

"Two Cambodians, a South African and a Zimbabwean working for an organisation subcontracted by UNMAS (the UN's mine-clearing operation) were wounded on Monday in a terrorist attack in Gao," a Western diplomatic source told AFP.

The assault was claimed by a terrorist group allied with Al-Qaeda.

Malian and international security forces have been mobilised following the "tragic incident", the security ministry said.



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