2 UN Peacekeepers Killed in Mali Suicide Attack

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Two United Nations peacekeepers, from Burkina Faso, were killed in a suicide car bombing in northern Mali, the UN and Mali security sources said.

2 UN Peacekeepers Killed in Mali Suicide Attack

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was "deeply saddened" by the deaths and the wounding of at least seven other peacekeepers in Ber, a village in Mali's Timbuktu region.

"Jihadists carried out a car bombing at the MINUSMA (United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali) camp in Ber on Saturday," a Mali security source told AFP.

One of the peacekeepers died immediately, and another succumbed later to injuries he received during the attack, a MINUSMA source said.

The car carrying the bomb entered the camp "at high speed... there was a huge explosion," the source added.

Mali descended into crisis in January 2012, when Tuareg separatists who have waged a long-running, low-level insurgency mounted a string of attacks that the army was ill-equipped to defend.

A military coup in Bamako led to further chaos as extremists seized the north of Mali.

A French-led military operation launched in January 2013 ousted the extremists. But periodic attacks have resumed.

UN peacekeepers took over security duties from African troops in Mali in July 2013, with a mission to ensure stability in the conflict-scarred nation after groups linked to Al-Qaeda occupied much of the north of the country.


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