Wednesday 18 October 2017

UN peacekeepers die in Mali blast

"Several" peacekeepers have been killed when a bomb went off in the troubled northern city of Kidal in Mali, a spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission confirmed.

Fred Fath said: "There was an explosion this morning and the info I have is that there were several dead and wounded among the blue helmets."

The car packed with explosives detonated in front of a bank guarded by the UN.

The explosion was so great it blew open the doors of houses in the area.

Kidal, located some 1,000 miles north-east of Mali's capital, is where an ethnic Tuareg rebellion began in late 2011.

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