UN says several peacekeepers killed in Mali

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Associated Press

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 5:30 AM

DAKAR, Senegal — A spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali confirmed that "several" peacekeepers were killed when a bomb went off in the troubled northern city of Kidal.

Fred Fath, the spokesman for the mission, told the AP: "There was an explosion this morning and the info I have is that there were several dead and wounded among the blue helmets."

The car packed with explosives detonated Saturday in front of a bank guarded by the UN. The explosion was so great it blew open the doors of houses in the area.

Kidal, located some 1600 kilometers (1000 miles) northeast of Mali's capital, is where an ethnic Tuareg rebellion began in late 2011.

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