Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 10:45
Missile strike near Dutch camp, Mali
Four missile strikes were reported not far from a Dutch military camp in Mali, forcing soldiers living in the camp to stay in safe havens for more than an hour as a precautionary measure, the Telegraaf reports. Soldiers took shelter in these safe havens, which are encircled with heavy sandbags, when missiles started coming down, the first not even a kilometer away from the camp Castor at around 2 a.m. The other three missiles fell further away. This is the first time that the Dutch soldiers in this camp had to take shelter in the bunkers. After the strikes, soldiers controlled the roads inside the camp to make sure there were no live missiles still in the camp. Reports say that no more explosives were found. Attacks on the Castor camp happen once a month on average, whether with missiles or mortar shells. A projectile has never hit its mark, however. It is unclear who was responsible for this strike, and what the aim of it was. "That is exactly what we are going to collect intelligence about", a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense says.