By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - The United Nations said unknown attackers fired rockets at a U.N. peacekeeping base in Kidal in northern Mali on Saturday, killing three people inside, in the latest sign that the West African country's Islamist insurgency is intensifying. French troops and the 10,000-strong U.N. force are struggling to stabilise the former French colony where Islamist militants attacked a hotel in the capital on Nov. 20 and killed 20 people, in their bloodiest attack yet in the country's south. Desert-based jihadists regularly launch rockets and missiles at northern U.N. bases, especially around full moon when the lighter nights make it easier to target the camps, although it is rare for the missiles to land inside the camp.
Kenyan authorities have arrested two Iranians suspected of planning to stage an attack in Nairobi, the Interior Ministry announced on Twitter. "Two Iranians arrested by KE (Kenyan) security agencies with a plan to mount a terror attack in NBI (Nairobi). The plan was foiled and suspects arrested," the Interior Ministry wrote.
Moroccan police have arrested three people on suspicion of hacking telecommunications equipment, including two Turkish nationals who are suspected of having ties to Islamic State, the Interior Ministry said. "The two Turkish nationals were involved in hacking telephone communications of a Moroccan operator, using developed technical equipment," it said late on Friday. "The investigation showed that the two Turkish are supporters of the Islamic State organisation ... and one of them had stayed in a camp in Hama's province (Syria) where he was trained in handling weapons and took part in battles against the Syrian army," the statement added.