Five UN peacekeepers killed in Mali

Five UN peacekeepers killed in Mali

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-05-30 13:32 Bamako (Mali): Five United Nationspeacekeepers have been killed and another seriously injured in an attack in central Mali. The soldiers from Togo were travelling in the Mopti region when their vehicle came under fire before hitting a landmine. The area is known as a stronghold for the Macina Liberation Front, a jihadist group with suspected al-Qaeda links, reports the Daily Star. The UN mission was set up in 2013 to stabilise Mali following a rebellion by Islamist and Tuareg fighters. Militants have been mounting sporadic assaults on peacekeepers in northern and central regions. No group has said it carried out the latest attack. It occurred near the town of Sevare, on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. France, the former colonial power in Mali, initially intervened in January 2013 when the rebels seized the north of the country and threatened to march on the capital Bamako.(ANI)