Two Dutch killed in UN helicopter crash in Mali

17th March 2015, Comments 0 comments

Two Dutch United Nations peacekeepers were killed on Tuesday when their helicopter crashed in northern Mali, airport and UN sources said.

The helicopter, from the UN's MINUSMA mission, crashed about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Gao, a source from the city's airport told AFP, adding that two people were injured and subsequently died.

"One of our aircraft crashed... Two occupants of the helicopter were killed," a MINUSMA source confirmed, adding that they were Dutch.

The Dutch defence ministry said it had no knowledge of the accident.

MINUSMA has some 11,000 personnel on the ground in Mali, around 670 of whom come from the Netherlands.

With more than 40 peacekeepers killed since its inception in 2013, MINUSMA is considered the most dangerous UN mission in the world, particularly for the Chadian contingent, which has sustained a large proportion of the casualties.

© 2015 AFP

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