Two UN peacekeepers killed in Mali convoy attack


Two United Nations peacekeepers in Mali were killed in an attack on their convoy in the north of the west African nation, the UN mission in Mali said on Sunday.

The vehicles had stopped while travelling from Tessalit to Gao on Saturday when unidentified gunmen opened fire, a UN statement said.

The victims are reported to be Egyptians.

The head of UN force MINUSMA, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, condemned the attack and said every effort would be made to apprehend those behind it.

More than 13,000 international troops are in Mali to contain violence caused by various armed groups in the north and centre of the country, including jihadists linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group. (Source: BBC)