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FILE - Chadian U.N. peacekeepers gesture as they patrol in Aguelhok, Mali. VOA

October 4, 2016: A U.N. Peacekeeper is dead and several others injured in northeastern Mali after a mortar attack hit their camp near the Algerian border.

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In a statement, the U.N. said its installations in Aguelhok were targeted in four different attacks Monday, which killed one Chadian peacekeeper and wounded eight others.

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for swift action against those responsible for the attacks, which he said constitute war crimes under international law. No group has yet to claim responsibility for the attack.

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The part of northern Mali where the attack occurred was overtaken by jihadists in 2012. A 2013 French intervention drove the Islamic militants from a large portion of northern Mali, but they still control some areas.

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Attacks by al-Qaida-linked groups are still common, and so far this year 32 UN peacekeepers have been killed in Mali. (VOA)


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