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Six UN peacekeepers killed in northern Mali

Six UN peacekeepers killed in northern Mali

Burkinabe- Six UN peacekeepers killed in northern Mali. According to the security sources in the UN mission in Mali (Minusma) on Thursday, July 2, in an attack claimed by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in the Timbuktu region in northwestern Mali Six UN peacekeepers were killed and and five were injured . Nine other Burkinabé soldiers were also wounded, said another source of security for the Minusma.

Six UN peacekeepers killed in northern Mali – “The terrorists were apparently well informed about the changeover of our convoy. So they attacked the convoy. It’s terrible, “said the same source, but did not say what was the nature of the attack.

On May 28, a bomb attack claimed by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, against a convoy in which the heads of the military and police of Minusma were among the three dead peacekeepers not three injured as announced by the UN force according to the latter .

The UN has lost 35 soldiers since its deployment in Mali

Besides a Bangladeshi peacekeeper shot and killed on May 25 near Bamako airport, whose circumstances are still unclear, the UN force has lost 35 soldiers in attacks (suicide attacks, mines, ambushes, mortar fire and rockets) since its deployment in Mali in July 2013.

The UN says the Minusma, whose mandate was extended for one year on 29 June, the Security Council is its keeping operation the most expensive peace of life, from Somalia in years 1990.

Although jihadists were scattered and driven in large part of this region following the launch in January 2013, at the initiative of France, an international military intervention, even entire areas are beyond the control of the Malian authorities as Foreign forces.

Sidra Sajid
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