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Blast Wounds 3 UN Peacekeepers in Mali

Three United Nations peacekeepers were wounded in northern Mali when a

vehicle in a convoy escorting their commander and the force's police

commissioner hit a landmine on Thursday, officials said.

The incident is the latest sign of a flare up in northern Mali, where

U.N. troops trying to broker peace between separatistrebels and forces

allied to the Bamako government are also coming under attack from

Islamist groups operating in the zone.

A spokeswoman for the U.N. mission confirmed that Force Commander

Major General Michael Lollesgaard of Denmark and the police

commissioner, Awale Abdounasir from Djibouti,were in the convoy when

it was hit by the blast.

Radhia Achouri said the two officers were not hurt and she did not

believe they were personally targeted.

"It is yet another attack in the area. They happened to be on that

road at that time," she said,referring to the road between the town of

Timbuktu and Teherdge in the desert north.

A French military intervention inearly 2013 drove a mix of Islamist

forces from the northern towns they occupied the year before. However,

insurgents continue to harass French and U.N. troops with bombings and

rocket attacks.

Months of peace talks aimed at ending a Tuareg-led separatist

rebellion in the north have stalled, leaving the zone awash with

gunmen and smugglers.

More than 35 U.N. troops have been killed in Mali since the mission

deployed in mid-2013.

Credit: Reuters

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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