Vastavam web: A UN helicopter crashed in northern Mali today in an apparent accident while serving with the 12,000-strong peacekeeping force in the country, a UN source told AFP. The UN source added that “nothing at this stage” would suggest the aircraft “was hit or shot at”. Northern Mali is the site of frequent fighting between armed groups, as well as a haven for jihadist activity.
The United Nations force, known as MINUSMA, is considered the UN’s most dangerous peacekeeping mission. While the Islamists were largely ousted by a French-led military operation, attacks have continued on civilians, the Malian army as well as on UN and French forces