Africa

UN peacekeeper killed, several wounded in north Mali attack

The United Nations says that one peacekeeper was killed and several others wounded after attacks on a camp in Aguelhok, in Mali's northern Kidal region.

Olivier Salgado, spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, said Monday that after a mortar attack on the camp around 2 p.m., two vehicles hit improvised explosive devices. He said one soldiers was killed and several others wounded. Five seriously injured soldiers were evacuated for medical care.

No group has taken responsibility for the attack.

Islamic extremists took control of northern Mali in 2012, prompting a French-led intervention that drove them from cities and towns in 2013.

However, north and central Mali remain unstable, and attacks by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and linked groups against peacekeepers and security forces are common.