Mali: Four peacekeepers killed in Mopti region

Four UN peacekeepers were killed and four others seriously injured in an explosion as they drove through central Mali on 28 February.

This new tragedy brings the number to eight peacekeepers killed since the beginning of the year.

On 27 February, the Malian army, an unidentified explosive device provoked the same tragedy.

The explosion took place around 14:00 as the armor of the UN Mission in Mali (Minusma) was circulating between the localities of Boni and Douentza in the region of Mopti, in the center of the country.

On board an armored vehicle, four blue helmets were killed instantly. This is still an interim assessment because four other soldiers, seriously injured, were evacuated to the Minusma Hospital in Bamako, the capital.

Frequent explosive devices

These attacks with an explosive device have become particularly frequent in this region. On 27 February, six Malian soldiers were killed in a similar incident in the same area but west of Mopti.

According to UN source, the Minusma is confronted almost every week with the explosion in this region.

But contrary to appearances, there is progress, according to her.

Proof of this is the fact that the last two explosions on February 15 and 23 against the peacekeepers did not cause any casualties.

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