UN peacekeepers wounded in Mali after attack near military camp
In this July 23, 2013 file photo, United Nations peacekeepers search a house suspected to have been used by members of al-Qaeda’s North African branch in Timbuktu, Mali. The al-Qaeda cell occupied Timbuktu for 10 months until January 2013. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
Published Saturday, January 11, 2014 3:45PM EST
BAMAKO, Mali -- A spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali says three peacekeepers have been wounded while pursuing suspects in an attack near a military camp in the country's north.
Olivier Salgado said Saturday a rocket attack took place Friday evening in Aguel'hoc, and a battalion of Chadian peacekeepers with the mission known as MINUSMA were out on patrol searching for the assailants.
Around noon, the peacekeepers exchanged fire with gunmen, and three of the Chadians were wounded and taken to Gao for treatment.
Security remains tenuous in the region, as al-Qaida-linked militants remain active even after a French-led military operation to oust them from power last year.
Secular Tuareg rebels from the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad are also present in the area