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3 UN peacekeepers injured in Mali landmine blast

28 May 2015 22:05


Three United Nations peacekeeping forces have been injured after their convoy triggered landmines in central Mali, sources say.

Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) Major General Michael Lollesgaard and the mission’s police chief Abdounasir Awale “escaped death on Thursday in the Timbuktu region when mines on the route of their convoy wounded three peacekeepers from Burkina Faso”, a source in the force told AFP.

Lollesgaard and Awale were on a field visit when the vehicle triggered at least one mine between the towns of Dire and Ber, another MINUSMA source said.

It was “very likely” that the mines had been planted just before the convoy’s arrival to target the two commanders, because security forces had checked the route a few hours earlier, the source added.

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