, BAMAKO, Jan 17- A soldier with the UN force in Mali was killed early on Saturday when gunmen launched a fresh attack on the camp housing UN troops in the country’s north, a source told AFP.
“Terrorists attacked the Minusma camp” in the early morning hours on Saturday, a source with the UN force told AFP on condition of anonymity. “Minusma soldiers responded and unfortunately one Chadian soldier was killed, another injured.”
The attack marked the latest raid by suspected jihadists in Mali’s restive north and came a day after two Malian soldiers were killed in the central town of Tenenkou.
The vast, sparsely populated region fell to Islamist groups in 2012 before the extremists were routed from the area by a French-led military intervention which has since been replaced by the UN Minusma force.
Jihadists launch regular raids on UN forces. On January 5, 11 Malian soldiers were killed during an assault on the Nampala garrison near the border with Mauritania.