Nine U.N. troops killed in worst attack yet on Mali force

October 3, 2014 3:21 PM

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Nine U.N. troops killed in worst attack yet on Mali force

BAMAKO/DAKAR (Reuters) - Nine United Nations peacekeepers in Mali were killed when heavily armed gunmen on motorbikes ambushed their convoy on Friday, the deadliest attack yet on U.N. troops in Mali, the mission said.

The attack on the peacekeepers from Niger took place in the region of Gao and highlighted a sharp increase in strikes on foreign troops based in Mali to prevent the return of al Qaeda-linked Islamists who seized the desert north in 2012.

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