"Five" UN contractors die in Mali attack

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Insecurity has led to the mass displacement of Malians
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An attack in central Mali, which led to the death of at least one United Nations contractor has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

A number of soldiers from the Malian Armed Forces were also reportedly killed and wounded in the incident.

Daniel Dickinson has more details.

Media reports said that at least 13 people were killed, including five UN workers, in a hostage siege at a hotel in the central Malian town of Sévaré.

The siege ended after government troops reportedly stormed the building early on Saturday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although Islamic militants have been responsible for a wave of attacks across the West African country.

The security situation there remains fragile, despite a peace agreement amongst the warring parties.

The UN Secretary-General called upon the people of Mali and the parties to the agreement to remain united in their pursuit of what he called "a just and sustainable peace."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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