Authorities say Islamic militants have launched attacks on both a UN peacekeeping convoy and a Malian military camp in the country’s north, killing at least three people. Radhia Achouri with the UN peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA, said a Togolese peacekeeper was killed Sunday morning along with two civilians when the convoy was attacked in Gourma.
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Seven other peacekeepers were wounded, three of them seriously, Achouri said. The attack came several hours after other jihadists assaulted a Malian military camp in nearby Gourma-Rharous. While there were no casualties, residents say the militants were able to steal five army vehicles including an ambulance. Northern Mali was occupied in 2012 by al-Qaida-linked groups before being forced from power in a French-led military operation the following year.