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3 UN Peacekeepers Killed in Central Mali Blast

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The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) announced on Tuesday that three United Nations (UN) peacekeepers were killed in an artisanal mine explosion in central Mali.

On February 21, an improvised explosive device (artisanal mine) was struck by a convoy of the MINUSMA Force, according to MINUSMA.

Three troops have reportedly perished, according to preliminary reports, while five others have suffered critical injuries, the UN mission stated in a statement, promising to provide further details on the incident.

Since October 3, 2022, 18 attacks in the West African nation have resulted in the deaths of four MINUSMA personnel, according to a report from January.

Mali has been mired in a severe, multifaceted crisis since 2012 on the levels of security, politics, and economy.

Thousands of people have died and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced throughout the nation as a result of independence insurgencies, Islamist incursions, and intercommunal violence.

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