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Landmine kills UN peacekeeper in Mali


landminesA report from the UN said one of its peacekeeper was killed in Mali by a landmine on Tuesday.

The peacekeeping mission (MINUSMA) said on Wednesday in Bamako that Malian capital that the mine detonated under a vehicle travelling in a convoy to Timbuktu and killed a civilian member of the mission.

The mission said this underlined the persistent insecurity in the country four days after Islamist militants attacked a luxury hotel in the capital Bamako.

A total of 22 people, including two gunmen died in Friday’s assault on the Radisson Blu hotel, popular with foreign visitors.

Meanwhile, Wolfgang Neumann, Chief Executive of the Rezidor Hotel Group, which operates the Radisson Blu, said the attackers killed two Malian security guards, three staff members and another two employees were wounded.

“The hotel will do everything to reopen as quickly as possible,” he told a news conference in Bamako.

Jihadist group Al Mourabitoun and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said they carried out the attack in a joint operation. A third group has also claimed responsibility.

The bloodshed underlined the difficulties a force of French troops and UN peacekeepers are having in stabilising the former French colony.

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