12 german soldiers were wounded in the attack on un base in mali. Berlin – The United Nations said 12 German and one Belgian soldier serving on a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali were injured in the attack on the northern part of the country.
The UN mission of MINUSMA had previously said that 15 peacekeepers were wounded when a temporary base of operations in the Gao region was targeted by a vehicle bomb. I later corrected the numbers.
German defense minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said three soldiers were seriously wounded.
She told reporters in Bonn, Germany that two soldiers were in stable condition and a third was still undergoing surgery. All wounded soldiers were flown by helicopter to Gao, where they are being treated at medical facilities in Germany, France, and China, the minister said.
“Military operations in the field are not yet complete,” she said. A German Medebach plane will fly to Gao on Saturday night to take the wounded to Germany, Kramp-Karrenbauer said. Germany has hundreds of armed forces participating in UN stabilization and European Union training missions in West African countries.
Mali has been working to contain an Islamic extremist revolt since 2012. Islamic extremist rebels lost power in a city in northern Mali with the aid of a French-led military operation in 2013.
However, the rebels quickly regrouped in the desert and launched frequent attacks on the Mali army and its allies fighting the rebellion. The extremists have extended their reach into central Mali, where their presence has fueled tensions among ethnic groups in the region.