Chadian soldiers killed in Mali blast

A bomber killed two Chadian troops from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali and injured six others in an attack on a checkpoint at the entry to the northern town of Tessalit.

Chadian soldiers killed in Mali blast

World Bulletin / News Desk

A suicide bomber killed two Chadian troops from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali and injured six others in an attack on a checkpoint at the entry to the northern town of Tessalit on Wednesday, a U.N. spokesman said.

No group has claimed the attack.

Olivier Salgado, spokesman for the U.N. mission that is deploying in Mali to take over security responsibilities from French troops, said a bomber drove an explosive-laden vehicle up to the checkpoint before blowing himself up.

"The provisional toll is 2 dead and six injured," Salgado said, noting that could change.

Cheick Fantamady Bouare, the local prefect, said four people had been killed in total, including a child.

The United Nations appealed earlier this month for more troops and helicopters for the Mali mission, which is operating at half its authorised strength of 12,600 and has seen already seen some Nigerian troops withdraw.

Last Mod: 23 Ekim 2013, 17:03
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