Three UN peacekeepers killed and six wounded in attack in Mali By Reuters

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Three United Nations peacekeepers were killed and six injured in central Mali on Wednesday after a convoy struck an explosive device and was attacked, the UN said in a statement. It was unclear who carried out the attack some 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the city of Bambara-Maoudé in the Timbuktu region. Islamist groups linked to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State operate in the region and have made much of the West African country ungovernable. The killed peacekeepers were from the Ivory Coast, the country’s Defense Ministry said in a statement. The UN mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, has more than 13,000 troops to contain the violence caused by various armed groups in the north and center of the country. The mission has recorded around 230 deaths since then, making it the deadliest of the more than a dozen UN peacekeeping missions.

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