Reports of mortar fire at a UN Peacekeepers base are coming out of Mali following an attack by unidentified gunmen on the troops base in the northern town of Kidal. No cases of any casualties have however been reported. Mali continues to face insecurity challenges; just over a week ago, gunmen held 170 people (140 guests and 30 hotel staff) hostage at Bamako’s Radisson Blu Hotel. Over a dozen people were killed in the process of freeing them. The Former French Colony remains unstable.