3 killed, 20 injured in mortar attack at U.N. base in north Mali

A mortar attack on a United Nations base in the northern Mali town of Kidal early Saturday killed at least three people, including two U.N. peacekeepers and a contractor, said the mission spokesman.

The attack also injured 20 people, of which four were in serious condition, said Olivier Salgado, spokesman for the U.N. mission in Mali known as MINUSMA.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack in the country's restless north but Islamic extremists are suspected. In 2013, the French pushed Islamic militants out of Mali's northern cities and towns, although jihadists continue to carry out attacks on U.N. peacekeepers.

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