UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. / AFP / SEBASTIEN RIEUSSEC
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At least five UN peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in central Mali by suspected militants on Sunday, the UN and police sources said.MINUSMA mission head Mahamat Saleh Annadif condemned the attack as an "odious" act of terror.The Mali mission is the most dangerous active deployment for UN peacekeepers and it has been hit by sharp internal tensions since its launch in July 2013 .With Sunday's attack, at least 64 MINUSMA peacekeepers have been killed while on active service, while another four have died in friendly fire incidents, UN figures show.
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