Killed in service Six peacekeepers killed in Mali ambush

The Burkinabe patrol was attacked near Goundam, which is about 80km (50 miles) south-west of Timbuktu.

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According to media reports, 6 Burkinabe UN peacekeepers have been killed in an ambush in northern Mali.

Reporting for the BBC from Bamako, Mali, Alex Duval Smith says, "a helicopter carrying 11 others who were injured in the attack has arrived in Timbuktu.

The Burkinabe patrol was attacked near Goundam, which is about 80km (50 miles) south-west of Timbuktu.

A resident of Douekire, near the scene of the ambush, told me three unmarked pick-up trucks had arrived in the area in the past few days. Residents were worried and had informed the Malian army."

Mali has been in turmoil for the past weeks with several uprisings and violent clashes the West African country.

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