UN peacekeepers attend on May 29, 2015 at the Mamadou Konaté N’tomikorobougou stadium in Bamako a ceremony to celebrate the International Day of United Nations peacekeepers. AFP PHOTO/HABIBOU KOUYATE
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Jihadi group Ansar Dine Tuesday claimed responsibility for two weekend attacks in Mali near the borders with Mauritania and Ivory Coast, and threatened to strike both countries.Little is known about Khalil but a Malian security source said he attended Quranic school in the central region of Mopti before visiting Saudi Arabia and Nigeria and eventually joining up with Ansar Dine leader Iyad Ag Ghaly in northern Mali in 2012 .Jihadi attacks are normally confined to Mali's restive northern desert but areas bordering Mauritania in the narrow center of the country have been targeted since the beginning of the year.Southern settlements near Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso were spared until an attack on the town of Misseni on June 10, during which a Malian soldier was killed and two others wounded.
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