Two explosions targeted Sunday (December 5th) a camp of the UN Mission in Mali (Minusma) in Gao, in the north of the country, causing material damage, noted AFP journalists present on the spot.
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There were four impacts on the camp and only material damage, according to the French army, which did not specify the origin of the explosions.
The explosions, at 5:45 am, shook the barracks and pushed the soldiers to take refuge in shelters for two hours.
These incidents come as the reorganization of the French military presence in Mali is underway with the scheduled end of Operation Barkhane.
The French plan provides for an evacuation of Kidal, Tessalit and Timbuktu to refocus the troops around Gao and Ménaka, closer to the “
three border zone
”, on the borders of Niger and Burkina Faso.
Since 2012, Mali has been the scene of operations by jihadist groups linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State organization, as well as violence of all kinds perpetrated by self-proclaimed self-defense militias and bandits.
The regular forces are themselves accused of abuses.
The violence that started in the north in 2012 spread to the center, then to neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.
They have caused thousands of civilian and military deaths, and hundreds of thousands of displaced people, despite the deployment of UN, French and African forces.
The seizure of power in Bamako by the military following a putsch in 2020 has not stopped the spiral of violence.