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Two Egyptian peacekeepers were killed and five were injured in Mali

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The Associated Press

Associated Press

Baba Ahmed

Mali, Bamako (AP) — Two UN peacekeepers in Egypt have died, and five others have been planted by jihad mine. The vehicle collided and was seriously injured. In northern Mali on Tuesday, the United Nations said.

The deadly attack will occur just days after the mission of the UN mission to Mali, known as MINUSMA, has been renewed.

"This morning, an armored vehicle of the MINUSMA Logistics Force collided with a mine on the Tessalit-Gao Road," the mission announced in a press release.

"In the first report, two peacekeepers were injured and five others were seriously injured as a result of the attack," the statement added.

"All victims are Egyptians," UN officials told The Associated Press because they were not allowed to speak to the press until the UN notified their families. Insisted on anonymity.

Since the beginning of this year, 10 UN peacekeepers have been killed in Mali.

The mission of the UN mission in Mali to support the fight against Islamic extremist rebels, first deployed in 2013, was updated last week, but the Mali government has raised human rights. He said he did not support the mission's purpose of promoting and protecting.

Russia and China have abstained from the UN resolution drafted by France. The resolution extends the mission to June 30, 2023, with a current limit of 13,289 military personnel and 1,920 international police.

In Mali, more than 270 peacekeepers have died, making Mali the most deadly peacekeeping operation of the United Nations, according to UN officials.

Mali is governed by Junta, an army that seized power in August 2020. Colonel Asim Goita has been appointed president.

Mali's junta approached Russia as Moscow sought to form an alliance and expand its power in Africa. The Russian Wagner Group has deployed a team of fighters in Mali.

Last week, the European Military Task Force, which helped the Mali government fight Islamic extremists, officially withdrew from West African nations in tension with the junta.

The French army at the forefront of the Takuba Task Force has announced that it has terminated its activities in Mali. The move was linked to France's decision to withdraw its troops from Mali earlier this year after nine years of helping the Malian army fight violent extremists who threatened to seize power.

European Takuba troops consisted of hundreds of special forces from 10 countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden. .. It was aimed at training and protecting Mali's combat forces.