THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The Dutch government says two Dutch U.N. soldiers have been killed in an accident with a mortar during a training on a firing range in Mali, and a third soldier was wounded in the same incident.
Rob Bauer, acting commander of the Dutch armed forces, identified the victims as a 24-year-old corporal and a 29-year-old sergeant who were killed Wednesday near Kidal.
The U.N. had already said two of its soldiers were killed but had not revealed their nationality.
There are some 400 Dutch troops in Mali who are part of the 12,000-strong U.N. mission Minusma. Last March, another two Dutch soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash near Gao.