The United Nations announced that 3 peacekeepers were killed and 6 others were wounded in an attack on a UN convoy in central Mali on Wednesday.
A United Nations statement indicated that the convoy targeted the detonation of an explosive device, and then came under fire in the Timbuktu region, about 20 km north of Bambara Maude.
The dead were peacekeepers and citizens of Ivory Coast, according to the Ministry of Defense of this country.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack, but it is known that this area is home to Al Qaeda and ISIS militants.
The United Nations Mission in Mali includes more than 13,000 soldiers, and has recorded about 230 deaths in its ranks since its deployment.