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Mali: Rebels kill two soldiers and a child at national guard camp


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(By Estera Popowska)

Two government soldiers and a child were killed after gunmen attacked a national guard camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, security sources told AFP.

A Malian security source reportedly said the gunmen struck at 5:00 a.m. local time  in the town of Goundam, 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the ancient city of Timbuktu,  confirming that “two soldiers and a child were killed,” the source told AFP.

No group has come to claim responsibility for the assault which happened a day after the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali issued warnings on  Mali’s peace process.

Daily Star says the pro-government Imghad and  Allies Tuareg Self-Defence Group (GATIA) was on Monday  accused of violating a cease-fire when it seized key rebel positions in the desert town of Menaka, while U.N. vehicles were attacked by rebels Tuesday.

A source close to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali  reportedly confirmed Wednesday's attack in Goundam, saying the militants appeared to have come from the east. “They were in a car. They also stole a vehicle in the guard camp,” BBC repored source as saying.

In 2012,  Mali was upended by a coup which opened the door for Tuareg separatists to seize the towns and cities of the vast northern desert with the help of several Islamist groups (Daily Star)

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