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UN peacekeeper killed in north Mali; 5 wounded

In this Sunday, July, 28, 2013 file photo, a United Nations peacekeeper stands guard at the entrance to a polling station covered in separatist flags and graffiti supporting the creation of the independent state of Azawad, in Kidal, Mali. (AP/Rebecca Blackwell)

BAMAKO, Mali: The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali says one of its patrols was attacked, killing a peacekeeper and wounding five others.

The statement released Saturday by the U.N. mission says the suicide attack took place in Ber in the region of Timbuktu. It marks the third time this week that U.N. peacekeepers have been targeted in northern Mali.

David Gressly, the U.N. Secretary-General's deputy special representative in Mali, condemned the attack, saying the violence only reinforces the peacekeeping mission's determination.

Three other peacekeepers have been wounded over the past week by mine explosions in northern Mali.

France led a campaign to oust Al-Qaeda militants and other jihadists from power in January 2013 although remnants of the groups continue to sow violence across the north.

 

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