Olivier Salgado, the spokesman for the UN mission in Mali, said protesters marched on the peacekeepers' base and began throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails. When they wounded two UN police officers, UN forces responded to disperse the crowd, Salgado said.
David Gressly, the UN deputy special representative in Mali, said the peacekeepers fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse the protest involving about 2,000 people, but two witnesses said they saw UN troops fire live rounds into the crowd.
Northern Mali fell under control of Tuareg separatists and then al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists following a military coup in 2012. A French-led intervention in 2013 scattered the extremists, but some remain active and there have been continued bursts of violence.
UN troops are now trying to stabilize the north and have been targeted by extremists and separatists. About two dozen peacekeepers have been killed, making Mali the deadliest mission for peacekeepers.
Peace talks have begun between the Malian government and Tuaregs, who have pushed back against the authority of the Bamako-based government. Al-Qaida is not participating in those discussions.


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