Jihadists attack Timbuktu a day after mausoleum ceremony

Sane Chirfi, representing the family which looks after the mausoleum of Alpha Moya, poses in front of the mausoleum on February 4, 2016 TimbuktuAt least four suspected jihadists and a Malian soldier were killed Friday following an attack on a UN military camp in Timbuktu in Mali’s restive north, a Malian security source said. Hours of fighting followed the early-morning attack on the camp in the south of Timbuktu, the source said, adding that the offensive against the attackers ended in the afternoon. An officer taking part in a search-and sweep operation said the mission “to destroy the terrorists” had wrapped up in the southern sector of Timbuktu, around a former hotel called La Palmeraie where the UN peacekeeping mission had a base.

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