United Nations (UN) forces in Mali say a UN peacekeeper was killed and four others seriously injured when their convoy hit an improvised bomb in northern Mali Saturday.
The bloodshed near the town of Tessalit followed the killing of five Malian policemen in a raid on a mining convoy in southern Mali earlier this week, which was claimed by an al-Qaida-linked group.
Armed attacks by Islamist militants and other groups are frequent in much of Mali as well as Burkina Faso and Niger, despite the presence of large international troops.
Thousands of civilians have been killed and millions more homeless.
“This incident is a reminder of the permanent danger that threatens our peacekeepers,” El Ghassim Wane, head of the UN mission known as MINUSMA, said in a statement. The peacekeeper who died was from Egypt.
The mission has deployed more than 13,000 troops to control violence by armed groups in the north and center of the country. They have recorded around 255 deaths since 2013, making the mission in Mali the deadliest of the dozens of peacekeeping missions. [vm/ft]