Two Dutch UN soldiers die in helicopter crash in Mali

Two Dutch UN soldiers die in helicopter crash in Mali

Two peacekeepers from the Netherlands have been killed in a helicopter crash in Mali.

A commander of the UN force in Mali said the crew of the Apache performed a forced landing, but he did not know why, although he said the aircraft was not attacked.

The crash happened near Gao, in the north.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told national broadcaster NOS that it was two Dutch troops who died in the accident.

Mali’s northern half came under the control of al Qaida-linked Islamic extremists following a military coup in 2012.

A UN force is now trying to stabilise the country.

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