A chopper upon lift off

Two United Nations peacekeepers died Tuesday when their Apache helicopter crashed during a military exercise in northern Mali, news reports said.

A chopper upon lift offThe two men were from the Netherlands, the country’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte told broadcaster NOS.

“All of the Netherlands has been touched by this. We respect our military and the Netherlands is behind them,” Rutte said.

The poverty-stricken West African nation is recovering from a March 2012 military coup and an Islamist insurgency that prompted France to send troops to its former colony.

Over 40 nations have also sent military personnel as part of the UN peacekeeping force.



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