United Nations plane crash-lands in Mali, injures 11

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A United Nations plane careened off the runway while touching down in the northern Malian city of Gao on Monday , the international organisation said , injuring 11 people .

In a statement , the UN said that four of its officials and seven crew members were on board the plane which took off from the capital Bamako early on Monday .

One member of the crew had been seriously injured , while ten others were hurt.

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

According to Abdoulaye Maiga , a witness to the accident who works for an airport – security company , the plane had to make an emergency landing, at which point it “ left the runway” .

A photo circulated on social media on Monday , appearing to show a badly damaged white plane , bearing UN insignia, in a puddle of mud.

UN peacekeepers deployed to Mali in July 2013 , after jihadists seized much of the north of the country the previous year .

The MINUSMA now has 13, 000 troops in Mali , while France has 5 , 100 soldiers as part of Operation Barkhane , its anti -jihad force in the Sahel .

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Despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops, the conflict has engulfed the centre of Mali and spread to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger to the west .

Thousands of military and civilian lives have died in the conflict to date .

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