Rebels kill one UN peacekeeper in Mali

Saturday, 20. April 2019 23:51

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, or MINUSMA, said on Saturday that it lost a soldier in an explosion. The attack, in which four other blue helmets were injured, was conducted with an improvised bomb or landmine between Douentza and Boni in the central part of the landlocked country. The peacekeepers "neutralized" and detained an unspecified number of assailants, according to a statement issued by the UN forces. Unconfirmed reports indicated the attacked unit was Egyptian.

Prime Minister ​Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga resigned two days ago amid a surge in violence. Separatists and Islamist militants linked to Al-Qaeda have increased activity. At least 134 people including children were slaughtered on March 23 in the ethnic Fulani village of Ogossagou Peulh in the center of the West African nation.

Seventeen UN soldiers died this year in Mali.

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