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3 Killed in Attack on UN Base in Mali  02/12 06:19

   BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- An official says militants have attacked a United 
Nations base in northern Mali, killing at least three people and injuring 30 
others.

   Olivier Salgado, spokesman for the U.N. mission in Mali, said shelling hit 
the camp in Kidal early Friday.

   Resident Ibrahim Ag Mohamed said that after the explosions U.N. helicopters 
were seen in the sky and he could hear the exchange of fire outside the city.

   No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it bares the marks 
of Islamic extremist al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

   The group claimed responsibility for an attack at a U.N. mission police base 
on Feb. 5 in Timbuktu that killed a Malian soldier.

   The Kidal U.N. base was last targeted by mortars on Nov. 28, killing three 
people.


(KA)


 
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