United Nations peacekeeping solders stand by a cordon set up at the site where a gunman opened fire at a UN residence in Bamako on May 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / HABIBOU KOUYATE
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The Malian Islamist rebel group Ansar Dine claimed it carried out a series of attacks against U.N. peacekeepers and Malian army targets in the country's capital, Bamako, and border areas near Ivory Coast and Mauritania.Fighters from Ansar Dine allied with other Islamist fighters helped seize Mali's desert north after a Tuareg uprising in 2012 but were ousted by a French-led military operation a year later.Mali's Defense Ministry said 12 people were killed in the attack.Ansar Dine also claimed responsibility for attacks in Misseni and Fakola in southern Mali in June and July, near vast mining reserves and the border with top cocoa producer Ivory Coast.
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