Mali mine explosion kills four UN peacekeepers


Four UN peacekeepers were killed and four others seriously wounded when their vehicle hit a mine in central Mali, the West African nation’s UN mission said.

The troops were driving on a road between Boni and Douentza in the Mopti region, where six Malian soldiers were killed in a similar incident a day earlier, MINUSMA said in a statement.

It said the death toll was provisional and could rise. It declined to immediately give the nationalities of the victims.

The statement said MINUSMA was reinforcing its security presence in central Mali, which has seen a surge in violence by Islamist militants, in co-operation with the country’s army as well as regional and international forces.
“These acts demonstrate the militants’ disarray and in no way affect MINUSMA’s determination to carry out its mandate,” said Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who heads the UN mission.