12 GERMAN TROOPS HURT AS BOMB HITS PATROL IN MALI
At least 12 German soldiers plus another UN soldier were injured in a car bomb attack on a German-led UN patrol near the city of Gao in Mali over the weekend, Carsten Hoffmann reported for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).
The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, according to the army command center near Berlin. German military sources said an evacuation flight was planned for the injured, all of whom were in stable condition.
The early morning attack on soldiers serving with the UN's MINUSMA mission occurred some 140 kilometers north of Gao, where German troops are stationed at Camp Castor.
It was the worst attack on German troops in the West African country to date.
A French and a UN helicopter were called out to help with the rescue operation. In addition, a helicopter operated by a civilian company was deployed.
Around 900 German troops are currently deployed within the UN's MINUSMA stabilization mission to the country, most of them at Camp Castor near Gao, which lies almost 1,000 kilometers to the northeast of Bamako.
Mali has long suffered attacks by Islamist terrorist groups. In 2013, French troops prevented a march on Bamako. There have recently been two coups in the country.