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Article: Mali IED blast kills three peacekeepers and wounds five, UN mission says

Mali IED blast kills three peacekeepers and wounds five, UN mission says

Mali IED blast kills three peacekeepers and wounds five, UN mission says

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Three United Nations peacekeepers were killed and five were seriously injured after their convoy hit an improvised explosive device in central Mali, the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the West African country said on Tuesday on Twitter.

Mali is struggling to stem an Islamist insurgency that took root after a 2012 coup and has since spread from the West African country's arid north. Thousands have died and millions have been displaced across the Sahel region.

Some of the groups have links to al Qaeda and Islamic State.

At least 281 peacekeepers have been killed in Mali since the start of the mission in 2013, making it the deadliest U.N. peacekeeping mission in the world.

 

(Reporting by Tiemoko Diallo; Writing by Anait Miridzhanian; Editing by Estelle Shirbon)

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