UN peacekeepers die in blast

BAMAKO. — The United Nations mission in Mali says two peacekeepers were killed, while two others were seriously injured after a convoy hit a mine in the northern Kidal region.

The mission says in a statement that the two injured peacekeepers were immediately evacuated on Tuesday after their vehicles hit the explosives about 15km outside of Aguelhok. A UN official says the peacekeepers were Chadian. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the Press on the matter.

The UN condemned the attack and others by Islamic extremists. The peacekeeping mission in Mali is the deadliest of the UN’s 16 global peacekeeping operations. Unidentified gunmen last month attacked the UN peacekeeping headquarters in Timbuktu, killing at least seven people and injuring others. — AP.

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