Dutch UN troops carry out air strike on Mali rebels: sources

BAMAKO: Dutch United Nations peacekeepers carried out an air strike on Tuareg rebel forces in northern Mali on Tuesday, the rebels and three diplomatic sources said - the first such engagement by Dutch forces serving in the U.N. mission in Mali.

The diplomatic sources said the strike was carried out as MNLA separatist rebels advanced on the town of Tabankort, where there are rival militia fighters. A contingent of U.N. peacekeepers are also in the town, protecting civilians.

MNLA spokesman Moussa Ag Acharatoumane told Reuters that five rebels had been killed and several injured in the attack by at least one U.N. helicopter. The U.N. mission, which includes 380 troops and four Apache helicopter gunships from the Netherlands, was not immediately available for comment.





Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (

comments powered by Disqus



Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here