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Al-Qaida Affiliate Claims Deadly Attack On Peacekeepers 

Source: Cable News Network

January 21 2019


At least 10 peacekeepers have been killed and 25 people injured in an attack on a U.N. base in northern Mali, reports CNN. 

On Sunday, gunmen fired on the U.N. camp in the village of Aguelhok, said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. 

The peacekeepers were Chadian nationals, said a U.N. statement cited by Reuters. 

U.N. personnel responded "robustly," killing several assailants, said Guterres. 

The Al-Qaida-affiliated Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM) claimed responsibility for the attack. 

JNIM said it launched the assault in response to a recent visit to Chad by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Separately, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Sunday that the G5 Sahel anti-terrorism force would resume its operations.

The force suspended its activities last year after a deadly attack on its headquarters. 

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