May 29, 12:14 PM EDT

The United Nations mission in Mali says at least five Togolese peacekeepers have been killed in an attack by extremists in central Mali


BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- The United Nations mission in Mali says at least five Togolese peacekeepers have been killed in an attack by extremists in central Mali.

Radhia Achouri, spokeswoman for the mission, said another peacekeeper was injured in Sunday's attack about 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of Sevare on the road to Tenenkou.

U.N. secretary-general special representative, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, condemned the attack on the International Day of Peacekeepers, saying the killings amount to crimes against humanity.

Five peacekeepers were injured on May 22 in central Mali when a convoy traveling from Dioura to Sevare was attacked by armed men after hitting a small improvised explosive device.

The Mopti region is known to be a stronghold for the Macina Liberation Front, which is said to have ties to al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

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