2 UN peacekeepers killed in ambush in northern Mali

2017-05-23 22:44


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Bamako - Authorities say two United Nations peacekeepers from Chad have been killed when their foot patrol was ambushed in the Kidal region of northern Mali.

The UN mission known as MINUSMA said in a statement they were killed early on Tuesday outside Aguelhok. A third peacekeeper was wounded.

There is no immediate claim of responsibility, though jihadists are active in the area and religious extremism is also mounting. Last week, an unmarried couple accused of having an affair was stoned to death in the region, according to witnesses.

Islamic extremists seized control of Mali's north in 2012 but were forced out of strongholds a year later by a French-led military intervention. But jihadists continue to attack Malian soldiers and UN peacekeepers.

The UN mission in Mali is the world's deadliest active mission.

Read more on:    un  |  mali  |  west africa

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