Malta Independent

UN says attack in central Mali kills peacekeepe­r from Egypt

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The United Nations secretary-general has condemned an attack on a U.N. convoy in Mali that killed a peacekeepe­r from Egypt. A statement by the spokesman for Antonio Guterres says four other peacekeepe­rs were wounded in the Saturday morning attack between Douentza and Boni in the central Mopti region. The statement says peacekeepe­rs responded by killing one attacker and detaining eight others. The peacekeepi­ng mission in the West African nation is the deadliest active U.N. mission in the world, with 195 deaths as of the end of March. The mission establishe­d in 2013 is under threat from extremist groups in Mali’s vast, arid north that have begun moving south into more populated areas.

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