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The United Nations mission in Mali has disclosed that four of its peacekeepers have been killed by suspected jihadists in the north of the country. 

34 other peacemakers were injured, while 23 attackers were recorded dead when the insurgents attacked the camp run by Chadian peacekeepers in Aguelhok.

According to the UN, the peacekeepers bravely pushed back against a complex attack carried out by several heavily-armed terrorists.

The Malian army has disclosed that two Malian soldiers have been killed in an attack in a north-eastern region.

This was made known in a statement released by the army. 

It was also disclosed that the assailants stormed military post-south-west of the town of Ansongo, near the borders with Burkina Faso and Niger, in an area where jihadist groups are rampant, on Monday.

The UN has announced Mauritanian diplomat El-Ghassim Wane as its special representative and head of the peace-keeping mission in Mali.

The world body announced on Monday that Wane has 25 years of experience in conflict prevention, mediation, and peacekeeping.

He is taking over from former Chadian Foreign Minister Mahamat Saleh Annadif.

The Mauritanian served as assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations at the UN between 2016 and 2017 and later worked at the African Union (AU) up to 2019.

Mali’s ex-President Amadou Toumani Touré has died on Tuesday aged 72.

He passed away in Istanbul, Turkey where he was undergoing treatment after arriving in the country a few days ago.

The ex-President was said to have had undergone an emergency heart surgery in the capital, Bamako before he was taken to Turkey. 

He was Mali’s president from 2002 until he was deposed by a military coup in March 2012 that was led by General Amadou Haya Sanogo

Moussa Traoré, the former president of Mali has died aged 83 at his home in the capital, Bamako.

Mr. Traoré took power in a coup in 1968 and remained president until he was ousted by the military in 1991.

His passing was made known by his son Idrissa Traore. However, he did not give details on the cause of his father’s death.

A total of 24 soldiers have been killed and others are unaccounted for after unidentified gunmen ambushed a convoy in central Mali.

Army officials said about 12 vehicles had been in the convoy and four of them were destroyed in ambush.

Eight survivors had been found in the attack, about 60 miles from the border with Mauritania.

Islamist militants are active in the area, and no group has admitted carrying out the raid.

Reports have it that two UN peacekeepers have been killed in Mali during an attack on a convoy in the north of the country.

A UN statement disclosed that the vehicles had stopped while travelling from Tessalit to Gao on Saturday when unidentified gunmen opened fire. The victims are said to be Egyptian.

The head of UN force Minusma, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, condemned the attack and said every effort would be made to apprehend those behind it.