Three U.N. peacekeepers killed, six wounded in Mali attack

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Three United Nations peacekeepers were killed and six wounded in central Mali on Wednesday after a convoy struck an explosive device and came under fire, the U.N. said in a statement.

Reuters January 14, 2021 05:10:55 IST
Three U.N. peacekeepers killed, six wounded in Mali attack

Three UN peacekeepers killed six wounded in Mali attack

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Three United Nations peacekeepers were killed and six wounded in central Mali on Wednesday after a convoy struck an explosive device and came under fire, the U.N. said in a statement.

It was not clear who carried out the attack about 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of the town of Bambara-Maoudé in the Timbuktu region.

Islamist groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State operate in the region and have made much of the West African country ungovernable.

The dead peacekeepers were from Ivory Coast, the country's defence ministry said in a statement.

The U.N. mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, has over 13,000 troops to contain violence caused by various armed groups in the north and centre of the country.

The mission has recorded about 230 fatalities since then, making it the deadliest of the U.N.’s more than dozen peacekeeping missions.

(Reporting By Tiemoko Diallo; additional reporting by Ange Aboa in Abidjan; Writing by Edward McAllister; editing by Grant McCool)

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