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Swedish soldiers injured in Mali mortar attack

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Swedish soldiers injured in Mali mortar attack
File photo of UN soldiers in Timbuktu, Mali. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
09:02 CEST+02:00
Several Swedish soldiers were injured in a mortar attack in Mali on Wednesday, Sweden's Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) have confirmed.

The troops were injured in an attack on UN peacekeepers in Timbuktu, with one hurt by glass shards and a further two suffering from smoke inhalation, Försvarsmakten explained in a statement. All are being treated by Swedish medical personal.

A soldier from a different nation was killed in the same attack.

Around 250 Swedish soldiers are stationed in Mali as part of the UN peacekeeping mission there, with the majority based at Camp Nobel alongside troops from several other nations. The Swedish soldiers are from Skåne's P7 regiment.

The UN mission in Mali is considered its most dangerous peacekeeping deployment, with 116 of their soldiers killed by March this year in 72 different attacks.

Armed conflicts have been ongoing in northern Mali since 2012, when insurgent groups began a campaign against the country's government for greater autonomy. The French military intervened in 2013, but sporadic fighting still occurs.

READ ALSO: Sweden eyes Mali peacekeeping mission

Last year Swedish soldiers in Timbuktu were caught up in a suicide attack, though none were injured.

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