Germany’s defence minister expressed on Friday that 12 German troops and a warrior from another nation were injured following an assault on warriors involved in a United Nations mission in Mali.
The UN mission in the nation, MINUSMA, had before said that 15 peacekeepers were bleeding when an interim operational base in the Gao region was attacked with a vehicle bomb.
German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer expressed that three of the warriors were seriously injured. She told reporters in Bonn, Germany that two soldiers were in a secured condition while the third was still processing surgery.
All of the bleeding soldiers were hovered by helicopter to Gao, where they were being rehabilitated at German, French and Chinese medical facilities, the minister said.
“The military action on site hasn’t ended yet,” she said.
A German medevac plane will fly to Gao overnight to restore the injured soldiers back to Germany on Saturday, said Kramp-Karrenbauer.
Germany has hundreds of garrisons participating in UN stabilization and European Union training missions in the West African nation.
Mali has been trying to accommodate an Islamic extremist rebellion since 2012.
Islamic extremist insurgents were forced from power in Mali’s northern cities with the support of a French-driven military operation in 2013. Anyhow, the rebels quickly regrouped in the desert and began charging frequent assaults on the Malian army and its associates combating the revolt.
The extremists have outstretched well into central Mali, where their existence has provoked hostility between communities in the locale.