Gunmen attack U.N. base in Mali's Timbuktu with machine guns

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Posted: Aug 14, 2017 11:48 AM

DAKAR (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked a U.N. peacekeeping base in Mali's northern city of Timbuktu on Monday, the peacekeeping mission said, adding that it had deployed a rapid response force with helicopters to the scene.

"An attack has been launched against one of our camps in Timbuktu (by) unknown men with machine guns," Radhia Achouri, a spokeswoman for the U.N. peacekeeping mission, said by telephone. Sporadic gunfire was continuing, she said.

(Reporting by Nellie Peyton; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Larry King)