Valdosta Daily Times

Top News

December 15, 2013

UN: 2 peacekeepers killed, several wounded in Mali

DAKAR, Senegal — A bombing killed at least two U.N. peacekeepers in Mali and seriously wounded several others in the troubled northern city of Kidal, U.N. officials said Saturday.

A car packed with explosives detonated in front of a bank guarded by the peacekeepers, an intelligence official in northern Mali said. The explosion blew open the doors of houses in the area.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media, said the fatalities were two Senegalese peacekeepers.

Abdallah Ag Ibrahim, a resident of Kidal, said the bank crumbled, a U.N. armored personnel car caught fire, and a nearby school was in flames. He said he saw four people who were either dead or injured.

Kidal, located about 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) northeast of Mali’s capital, is where an ethnic Tuareg rebellion began in late 2011.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius condemned “the cowardly attack,” which came just before Sunday’s second round of legislative elections, meant to restore constitutional order in Mali.

The U.N. Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also condemned the bombing “in the strongest terms,” according to two separate statements.

“All those responsible for this criminal act must be brought to justice,” Ban’s office said. The statement said two peacekeepers were killed and at least 11 others were wounded, including seven peacekeepers and four members of the Malian national guard.

The 15-member Security Council called on Mali’s government to “swiftly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice,” according to a statement released by the 15-member body.

Separately, at least 80 Islamic radicals attacked a Tuareg camp in the town of Teringuite, also in northern Mali, killing two people, according to the intelligence official. He said that fighters from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa attacked the camp on Saturday.

He said the group was led by Abou Dardar, a commander who was among those who invaded and held the famous city of Timbuktu in northern Mali in 2012. It wasn’t immediately clear if there were casualties from the second attack.

The back-to-back assaults are the worst to have rocked northern Mali in recent weeks, and come as France rushes troop to the Central African Republic, its former colony, where at least 600 have died in a week of sectarian violence. The French military deployed in Mali, another ex-colony, in January.

The French military, assisted by African troops, succeeded in chasing the rebels from almost all the areas they controlled, except Kidal, which remains at the heart of the conflict.

Analysts had long predicted that the al-Qaida linked fighters who controlled northern Mali for 10 months last year had not been defeated, just dispersed by the French-led  intervention, and are just waiting for the international community to look the other way before staging a comeback.

It’s too early to tell if the attacks in Kidal and Teringuite were coordinated or if indeed they mark a new phase in the hostilities.

 

1
Text Only
Top News
  • Stowaway teen forces review of airport security

    A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport’s tarmac and climbed into a jetliner’s wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii — a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation’s airline fleet.

    April 22, 2014

  • South Korea Ship Sink_Rich copy.jpg Death count in ferry sinking tops 100

    One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from a South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • AP520422034 copy.jpg Today in History for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    Today is Tuesday, April 22, the 112th day of 2014. There are 253 days left in the year.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Commission to vote to purchase new computers

    Lowndes County commissioners discussed replacing outdated computers, a bid for an emergency bypass pump, an annexation request from the City of Hahira, a juvenile justice grant application, and an appointment to the dangerous dog board.

    April 22, 2014

  • KLVB receives Governor’s Circle Recognition Award

    Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful received the Governor’s Circle Award. These inaugural, statewide awards were presented by Gov. Nathan Deal at the State Capitol .

    April 22, 2014

  • Readers’ Forum reviews ‘The Art Forger’

     “Fascinating” is the word to describe the world of art forgery as revealed by guest reviewer Laura Hughes to Readers’ Forum.

    April 22, 2014

  • Immigration _Rich copy.jpg DHS secretary re-evaluating deportation priorities

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday he’s re-evaluating the Obama administration’s deportation priorities to make certain they’re focused on national security, public safety and border security, amid growing pressure from the Latino community and President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats. 

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rethinking Pot 420_Rich copy.jpg Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

    Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Submarine Sleep Sched_Rich copy.jpg Navy OKs changes for submariners’ sleep schedules

    With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the U.S. Navy for decades has staggered sailors’ working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean’s surface.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • South Korea Ship Sink_Rich copy.jpg Grim work for families as more bodies discovered

    There are no names listed as relatives huddle around signboards to identify bodies from a sunken ferry. Just the slimmest of clues about mostly young lives now lost. Many favored hoodies and track pants. One girl painted her fingernails red and toenails black. Another had braces on her teeth.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
Other
     View Results