UN says 1 UN peacekeeper killed, 7 injured in attack in Mali

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Assailants attacked a U.N. convoy in central Mali on Wednesday, killing one U.N. peacekeeper and injuring seven others, the United Nations stated.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric stated the U.N. peacekeeping mission within the troubled West African nation secured the realm in Timbuktu, evacuated the casualties and launched an investigation into the assault. He stated no additional particulars had been instantly accessible.

The assault got here on a day the U.N. Safety Council was being briefed by the pinnacle of the U.N. mission in Mali and discussing the present fragile state of affairs.

The U.N. peacekeeping mission has been in Mali since 2013, after Islamic extremists took management of main cities within the north. A French-led army operation dislodged the rebels, however the jihadists have since regrouped in rural areas and expanded their attain, focusing on Mali’s military and the U.N. mission.

In August, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was ousted from energy by a army junta. Underneath worldwide stress, the junta appointed a civilian-led authorities to guide the nation by an 18-month transition interval to new elections.

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