(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)