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Nine UN peacekeepers killed in Mali

THREAT CARRIED OUT?A Malian military source said that there had been warnings from groups claiming to have planned attacks to precede a Muslim festival today


Though order has largely been restored across the territory, extremists continue to carry out raids and attacks and French troops are still on patrol.

They were also blamed for a suicide attack on Aug. 16 that killed two soldiers from Burkina Faso serving with MINUSMA in the settlement of Ber, near Timbuktu.

MINUSMA took over security duties from African troops in Mali in July last year, with a mission to ensure stability in the conflict-scarred nation.

A 12,600-strong force, made up largely of Africans, replaced the AFISMA military mission, which has been supporting the French intervention.

The mission played a key role in presidential polls which saw Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita rise to power in August last year.

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