Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Mortars hit Cambodian peacekeeping camp in Mali, no injuries reported

Mortars hit Cambodian peacekeeping camp in Mali, no injuries reported

Cambodian peacekeepers stand at attention before being deployed to Mali in 2014.
Cambodian peacekeepers stand at attention before being deployed to Mali in 2014. Vireak Mai

Mortars hit Cambodian peacekeeping camp in Mali, no injuries reported

Three mortars struck a Cambodian camp at the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali on Thursday morning, but no Cambodians were injured in the blasts, according to Defence Ministry spokesman Chhum Socheat.

“After checking from Mali, they have [launched] three mortars into our Cambodian camp and burned two houses,” he said, stressing there were no Cambodian casualties.

The attack occurred about 6:50am in the northern city of Kidal, or 1:50pm local time.

Socheat said mortars had also struck the French camp, but he was unsure if there were any casualties. Early reports indicate a number of explosive munitions were fired at the UN peacekeeping base.

Mali’s Prime Minister, Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga, was due to visit the city on Thursday, the first visit by a senior government official to the unstable region in just under four years.

Last year, four Cambodian peacekeepers were killed in an attack by the Christian terrorist Anti-Balaka group in the Central African Republic.

Following the deaths, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen pledged to send more peacekeepers abroad.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom’s domestic milk still cannot compete with imports

    Price competition and a lack of confidence by consumers are the main reasons the dairy market cannot compete with imports, said domestic milk producers. The large displays of imported fresh milk at the Kingdom’s supermarkets present a cumbersome obstacle for local producers, they said.

  • ‘Pesticide-laden cucumbers’ kill two, poison 150 in Banteay Meanchey

    At least two youths have died and 243 others are being treated for vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulties, dizziness and muscle weakness after they ate cucumbers suspected to consist of pesticides. The incident happened on Saturday, said Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief Ath Khem. He told The

  • Three dead, 13 injured in collapse at Siem Reap pagoda

    At least three people were killed and more than 10 others injured on Monday after a dining hall under construction collapsed at Prasat Kokchak pagoda in Kokchak commune, Siem Reap province. Provincial police chief Tith Narong said Military Police, soldiers and local volunteers had successfully recovered 16

  • Forest Harmony’s $18M luxury villas break ground in Kampot

    Local and French joint-venture Forest Harmony has broken ground on its $18 million “second-home” Luxury Holiday Villas project in Kampot province. Century 21 Mekong CEO and local shareholder of the project Chrek Soknim told The Post that the project will comprise 90 villa units covering 18ha on a 97

  • China Unicom enters Cambodia

    China Unicom, the country’s largest telecoms operator, has expanded into Cambodia to build optical telecommunication pathways in the Kingdom as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The Hong Kong-listed company officially opened its China Unicom (Cambodia) subsidiary on Monday to become the

  • PP-SHV Expressway on track for completion in early 2023

    The construction of the $1.9 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway, which broke ground at the end of March, is on track to be completed by early 2023, Ministry of Public Works and Transport spokesman Vasim Sorya said on Monday. The 190km high-speed highway linking the capital to the