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Six UN peacekeeping troops injured in Mali blast

Fighters of Islamic jihadist group of MUJAO stand guard near the Gao airport on August 7, 2012Six UN peacekeeping troops were injured in a blast Sunday in northeastern Mali, where four UN trucks were also torched by gunmen, military sources said. The soldiers, who hail from Niger, were hurt when their vehicle rolled over an explosive device east of the town of Gao, an officer from the UN mission in Mali, MINUSMA, told AFP. In October, nine UN peacekeepers from Niger, which borders Mali to the east, were killed in an ambush that also took place on the same road east of Gao, between Menaka and Ansongo. A Malian jihadist close to MUJAO, one of the al-Qaeda-linked militia that controlled northern Mali for nearly a year, claimed responsibility for that attack.

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