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Seven UN peacekeepers killed in Mali bombing

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Mali bombing
A bomb blast near the West African country of Mali has killed at least seven UN peacekeepers. Three more peacekeepers were seriously wounded in the incident.

A UN peacekeeping logistics convoy was heading to the city of Sevare from the town of Douentza in Mali on Wednesday, the report said. On the way, an improvised explosive device (IED) hit their convoy when they reached the Bandiagara area of ​​the Mopati area.

Seven UN peacekeepers were killed and three others were seriously injured. Al Jazeera says al Qaeda and Islamic State (IS) militants are active in the area. However, no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mali, one of the largest countries in Africa, is very poor. Mali, an international force led by France, has been trying to stabilize the country for the past nine years, but Mali is still struggling to cope with internal violence.

In this situation, the UN is responsible for restoring peace in Mali. The UN peacekeeping mission in this African country is known as 'MINUSMA'. More than 13,000 peacekeepers are currently deployed in Mali under this mission.

Peacekeepers are working to end violence and clashes between armed groups in northern and central Mali. According to the United Nations, more than 230 peacekeepers have been killed in the country since 2013.

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