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Two UN peacekeepers killed by colleague in northern Mali

UN soldiers patrol in the northern Malian city of Kidal on July 27, 2013Two UN peacekeepers were shot dead and a third slightly wounded by one of their colleagues in northern Mali, the UN mission said on Sunday, less than three weeks after a similar incident. “Yesterday (Saturday) at around 1900 GMT a tragic incident occurred in the MINUSMA camp at Tessalit, in the Kidal region in which a peacekeeper fired on three of his colleagues,” a statement from the MINUSMA mission said, without giving the nationalities of the peacekeepers. The 2,000 Chadian soldiers of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) — MINUSMA’s predecessor — were at the forefront of a French-led military intervention launched in January 2013 to oust Islamist rebels who had taken over vast stretches of the north in the chaos following a coup.

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