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10 U.N. peacekeepers killed in attack in northern Mali... Al Qaeda-linked group claims responsibility

January 21, 2019

Al Qaeda-linked group claims responsibility for attack on U.N. peacekeepers in Mali


BAMAKO - Ten U.N. peacekeepers from Chad were killed and at least 25 were wounded while repelling an attack by armed assailants near a village in northern Mali on Sunday, the West African nation’s U.N. mission and the United Nations said.


The identity of the attackers was not immediately clear. U.N. peacekeeping and French forces are stationed in northern Mali to combat well-armed jihadist groups seen as threatening security across Africa’s Sahel region.


The clash near Aguelhok occurred early on Sunday following an attack by assailants in many armed vehicles, the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said in a statement.


The United Nations said peacekeepers had thwarted the attack, but 10 died and at least 25 were wounded.


“The Secretary-General reaffirms that such acts will not diminish the resolve of the United Nations to continue supporting the people and Government of Mali in their efforts to build peace and stability in the country,”



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