Five UN peacekeepers killed in attack in Mali

An attack on the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali killed five soldiers from Togo, the United Nations said Sunday.

A sixth soldier was seriously wounded in the attack in Sevare, a city in central Mali, near the historic city of Mopti, which before the 2012 outbreak of violence was a popular tourist destination.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Mahamat Saleh Annadif, UN special representative for Mali, condemned the attack in the strongest terms.

UN's MINUSMA mission in Mali consists of nearly 11,800 soldiers and police. More than 75 UN peacekeepers have been killed in the conflict-ridden West African country in the last three years.

In 2012, northern Mali fell into the hands of Islamist insurgents who were pushed back after an intervention by the former colonial power France in early 2013. Various Islamist groups still stage attacks in the area.

The latest violence comes about 10 days after five UN peacekeepers from Chad were killed and three wounded when their convoy hit a landmine and came under fire from unidentified attackers in the Kidal region.

Last update: Mon, 30/05/2016 - 10:28

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