Two UN peacekeepers dead, 12 wounded in Mali attacks

The United Nations mission in Mali says armed men attacked a U.N. camp outside of Timbuktu killing at least two peacekeepers and wounding at least a dozen others.

U.N. Mali mission spokeswoman Myriam Dessables said men in heavily armed vehicles drove up to the camp in the town of Ber, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of Timbuktu on Saturday. She said all the peacekeepers affected are from Burkina Faso.

Dessables said a U.N. peacekeeping mission control vehicle also ran over an explosive device Saturday in Konna in Mali’s central Mopti region, wounding four Togolese peacekeepers.

No group has claimed responsibility, but the attacks bear the marks of jihadi groups linked to al-Qaeda which are very active in Mali’s northern and central regions.

The U.N. secretary-general condemned the attacks.

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