Chinese military delegation arrives in Mali after attacks

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The file photo shows Shen Liangliang the Chinese peacekeeper who were killed in a rocket attack in Mali. [Photo:]

A Chinese investigation team has arrived at a UN peacekeeping camp in Mali where a rocket attack killed one Chinese peacekeeper and injured a number of others this past week.

China's Ambassador to Mali, Lu Huiying, says the Chinese team is there to provide support to the United Nations as it probes the attack.

"The working group at this time is made up of personnel from the Chinese military and the Chinese Foreign Ministry. They arrived in Mali yesterday. And today, they departed for Gao early in the morning. They will stay in Gao for two to three days, mainly to provide support to our officers and soldiers and help them deal with the aftermath of the attacks."

Two separate attacks on Tuesday hit UN targets in Gao, the latest in a string attacks on UN forces in the region.

One French national and two people from Mali were also killed in Tuesday's attacks.

A number of others, including two other Chinese soldiers, were injured.

The UN says it plans to improve the Mali mission's defense capabilities against such attacks.

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