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UN Base Attacked In Mali; 3 Killed, 20 Injured

Unknown attackers fired rockets on a UN base in Kidal in northern Mali early Saturday Killing three people, 2 peacekeepers and 1 civil contractor, and injuring twenty others inside the campus.

No one has claimed responsibility of the attack but it signals the Islamist insurgency is intensifying in West African nations.

Deputy Chief of Communication, Oliver Salgado, said several rockets were fired at 4 a.m. on Saturday inside the MINUSMA camp.

Desert-based jihadist launches such attacks regularly on the UN base and Mali as a whole is wracked by violence in recent years. Last week, on November 20, Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako too was attacked and 19 people were killed. Al-Qaida claimed responsibility of the attack.

In 2013 a French-led military force ousted Islamist groups that had taken over the northern Mali after a military coup a year ago.

Meanwhile, special force has detained two on Friday linked with the Radisson Hotel attack.