by The Chicago Times Staff

June 26, 2021

BERLIN — In an attack in Mali’s restive north, 12 German troops and a Belgian soldier serving in the UN peacekeeping mission were wounded. 

Three of the soldiers were seriously injured, according to German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.  Two soldiers are in stable condition, while a third was still undergoing surgery.  All of the wounded soldiers were flown by helicopter to Gao, where they were treated at German, French, and Chinese medical facilities. A German medevac plane will fly to Gao overnight on Saturday to transport the wounded soldiers back to Germany.

Hundreds of German soldiers are stationed in the West African country as part of UN stabilization and European Union training missions.  Since 2012, Mali has been battling an Islamic extremist insurgency.