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UN Peacekeepers, some German wounded in an IED explosion in Mali.

Image Credit: REUTERS/Michael Kappeler/Pool

Moments ago, reports came in of an Improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Northern Mali that wounded 15 United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers. Some of the soldiers are from Germany. The attack was aimed at the temporary base that was set up by the UN peacekeepers near the village of Ichagara in northern Gao region. Islamists terrorists linked to Islamic State and Al Qaeda are known to be very active in the region.

The wounded soldiers were evacuated for treatment, according to a spokesman for the German military. The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA is aimed at trying to contain the violence by the Islamic insurgents on the civilian population. The UN peacekeeping force comprises of 13,000 troops from various countries.

MINUSMA reported more than 230 troop deaths since 2013, making it one of UN’s deadliest peacekeeping missions.

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