Over 40 killed in suicide attack on army base in Mali

https://www.rt.com/news/374137-mali-suicide-bombing-gao/

At least 42 people have been killed and scores more wounded as five suicide car bombers detonated explosives at a military base in the city of Gao, northern Mali, according to a government statement cited by local state media.

On Wednesday, at around 9 am local time, a car packed with explosives entered a compound where a meeting of government and pro-government forces was taking place. Minutes later, the five occupants detonated the bomb.

The explosion killed at least 47 people, including the five attackers, according to a government statement. Al Mourabitoun, a militant group affiliated with al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the blast, the Mauritanian news agency Alakhbar reported. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has declared three days of national mourning in the aftermath of the attack, the worst to hit the Saharan country in years.

The Gao base houses the Joint Operational Mechanism for regional security, through which government forces and local militia coordinate joint patrols of the area. The area around the compound is supposed to be secure, with checkpoints manned by UN, French and Malian troops. The French President François Hollande even toured the base days earlier.

French Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux described the bombing as a “major and highly symbolic attack.”

As the number of victims rose throughout the day from the initially reported 25 deaths, staff at Gao’s hospital had to prioritize as the casualties mounted from the explosion.

“Some have died from their wounds, and others are in a very grave state,” doctor Sadou Maiga told the Associated Press.“At this point, it’s not the toll of dead and injured that interests me, it’s saving who I can.”

———-

mali now..

“French Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux described the bombing as a “major and highly symbolic attack.”

AQ or IS?

“The explosion killed at least 47 people, including the five attackers, according to a government statement. Al Mourabitoun, a militant group affiliated with al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the blast, the Mauritanian news agency Alakhbar reported.”

401

Advertisements

~ by seeker401 on January 20, 2017.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: