United Nations Mission in Mali Says 5 Peacekeepers Die in Ambush

Five United Nations troops were killed in an ambush in central Mali on Sunday, a day after a similar number of Malian soldiers died in an attack in the north, marking a surge in Islamist militant violence in the West African nation.

The ambush occurred at about 11 a.m. near the town of Sevare, the UN said in an e-mailed statement. A seriously injured UN soldier has been evacuated, according to the statement.

The UN has described the peacekeeping mission in Mali as its most deadly operation globally as its troops are being targeted almost weekly by bombings and hit-and-run attacks. More than 50 peacekeeping troops have died since the UN mission arrived in 2013.

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