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11 Injured As UN Aircraft Skids Off Runway In Mali

Eleven people sustained injuries after a plane belonging to the United Nations skidded off a runway at the Gao Airport in Mali on Monday.

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The incident has been confirmed by the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). It said the 11 people on board comprised seven crew members and four passengers.

The UN aircraft had attempted to make an emergency landing before it went off the runway.

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“A MINUSMA plane from Bamako with eleven people (four passengers, all United Nations personnel and seven crew members) on board, made a hard landing at Gao airport,” the statement read.

“An investigation will be ordered as soon as possible to determine the cause of this incident.”

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President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, who has spent just two our of his five-year second tenure in office, is facing pressure to resign over rising terrorist attacks, forcing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to send a delegation to the country.

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Also, President Muhammadu Buhari, along with four others West African leaders ended a day-long summit in Mali two weeks ago without a deal to soothe the country’s escalating political crisis.

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