Migrant truck attacked in Mali

  • 01/12/2015

Armed men have attacked a truck carrying migrants in northern Mali, killing four people and wounding six, UN and medical sources say.

Four men on motorbikes opened fire on the truck as it travelled towards Kidal, in the country's far northeast, a medical source told AFP on Monday (local time), citing witness accounts.

The gunman shot out the tyres of the vehicle turning the guns on passengers, who were from Mali, Guinea, Niger and Nigeria, and were thought to be enroute to Algeria.

Mali has been plagued by unrest since the north of the vast west African state fell under the control of Tuareg rebels and jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda in 2012.

A French-led military intervention in January 2013 recaptured much of the territory they had seized, but nearly three years later, large swathes of Mali still remain lawless.