Attacks in distant towns appear to be a rare attempt at a coordinated assault on international forces operating in conflict-hit country. Three military bases housing foreign forces in northern Mali have come under separate attacks within the space of a few hours, according to officials.
The camps in Kidal, Menaka and Gao were hit by “indirect fire” on Monday morning, said Thomas Romiguier, a spokesman for French forces who have more than 5,100 personnel spread across the region.
No deaths or injuries were reported, and the only damage was to a United Nations base in Kidal, added Romiguier.
Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Chadian head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), condemned the attacks.
“We remain in solidarity with our partners and will spare no effort to carry out our respective mandates and bring peace to Mali,” he said.
The attacks come after French forces killed Bah ag Moussa, a military leader of al-Qaeda’s North Africa wing on November 10.
The former Malian army colonel, also known as Bamoussa Diarra, was a right-hand man of Iyad Ag Ghali, the leader of Mali’s most prominent armed group, Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), which has repeatedly attacked soldiers and civilians in Mali and neighbouring Burkina Faso.