- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - An official says two rockets have been fired at a French army base in northern Mali during a visit by France’s top military officer, but missed their target and caused no casualties.

Remi Libessart, a French military spokesman, said the attack occurred Tuesday morning while Adm. Edouard Guillaud was at the camp near the airport in Gao, but landed away from the site. He said it was not known who fired the rockets.

Gao was controlled by MUJAO, an al-Qaida-linked jihadist group, when northern Mali fell to Islamic extremists in 2012. France launched a military intervention in January 2013 that scattered the extremists, but security remains precarious.

This week, a U.N. Security Council visit to Mali promoted talks between the government and armed groups in the north.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide