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Peacekeepers injured by landmine

Five Chadian peacekeepers in Mali were injured when their car hit a landmine in the country's north.

Olivier Salgado, a spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, said that they were on patrol yesterday about 20 miles north of the city of Kidal.

He said the peacekeepers were slightly injured and had been transferred to Kidal for treatment.

Security remains tenuous in the region, as al Qaida-linked militants remain active even after a French-led military operation to oust them from power last year.

Tuareg rebels from the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad are also present in the area.

Three Chadian soldiers were wounded by gunmen in the same region earlier this month as they were pursuing suspects in an attack on a military camp.


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