A UN peacekeeper from Burkina Faso stands guard at the Djinguereber mosque, built in the 14th century, during a visit by a UN delegation on election day in Timbuktu, Mali, July 28, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney/Files TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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The U.N. said Tuesday a second peacekeeper had died following an attack on a base in northeastern Mali, as it admitted serious failings in its most dangerous ongoing mission.More than 11,000 U.N. police and military are currently serving in Mali, attempting to guarantee security in lawless swathes of the vast Sahel nation.A peacekeeper from Chad was killed and eight others injured on Monday in the attack near the Algerian border, the 27th attack on the force and the 13th peacekeeper killed since May 31, according to the U.N.Mali last year concluded a peace deal between the government, its armed proxies, and Tuareg-led rebels who have launched several uprisings since the 1960s.
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