NH1 News Debates


Sep 18, 2014 5:59 PM

Roadside bombs kills 5 UN peacekeepers in Mali

The Associated Press

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) A roadside bomb in northern Mali killed five U.N. peacekeepers and wounded several others on Thursday, a spokesman said of the latest in a string of deadly attacks on the force.

A car carrying Chadian troops hit the explosive north of Aguel'hoc, which is near the embattled city of Kidal, said Olivier Salgado.

Earlier this month, four U.N. peacekeepers were killed and several were wounded when their convoy hit a mine in the same region. Another mine killed a peacekeeper earlier this week.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility and Salgado did not speculate on who was responsible for the bomb. Previous land mines have been blamed on Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaida, and they have taken responsibility for some.

Northern Mali fell under control of Tuareg separatists and then al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists following a military coup in 2012. A French-led intervention last year scattered the extremists, but some remain active in the countryside and there have been continued bursts of violence.

U.N. troops are now trying to stabilize the north, and peace talks have begun between the Malian government and Tuaregs, who maintain a heavy presence in Kidal and have resisted the authority of the Bamako-based government. Al-Qaida is not participating in those discussions.


--  Dealing with the Disease of Addiction? Click here for help --

More from NH1.com

NH1 News Debates
NH1 News Replay

NH1 on Twitter

NH1 SkyView Cameras

NH1 on Facebook

Check out NH1 News Rail Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome