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Explosion injures 7 UN peacekeepers in northern Mali

January 9, 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali says seven peacekeepers have been injured in an explosion near the airport in the northern city of Kidal.

A statement says Friday morning’s blast occurred as a vehicle was transporting Senegalese troops. Three are being hospitalized with fractures, and four have minor injuries.

The statement calls it a “terrorist attack” but does not say who was behind it.

The peacekeeping mission has often come under attack as it tries to stabilize northern Mali.

The region fell under control of Tuareg separatists and then al-Qaida-linked extremists following a military coup in 2012. A French-led intervention scattered the extremists, but calm has not returned.

Algeria has been mediating talks, and the parties are scheduled to meet again in early February to discuss a draft peace agreement.

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