Three UN peacekeepers injured in mine explosion in Mali

Three UN peacekeepers were injured Sunday in northern Mali when their vehicle was struck by a mine between the regions of Bir and Timbuktu, the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said on Twitter.

Minosma did not specify the nationality of the wounded or the severity of their injuries.

Like the Malian army, MINUSMA is regularly attacked by “jihadists” who are fighting any foreign presence in the country.

Mali has been fighting separatist and “jihadist” uprisings since 2012. The violence, which began in the north and spread to the center of the country, resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians and soldiers and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of others.

MINUSMA, the United Nations Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in Mali, was established in 2013.

The mission is one of the largest UN peacekeeping operations, with more than 17,000 soldiers, police officers, civilians and volunteers deployed as of May, according to the mission’s website.

Source: AFP.

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