Bamako: Authorities say a UN peacekeeper from Chad has been killed and another wounded in northern Mali.
A statement from the UN mission said that the attack early Saturday targeted a checkpoint about less than a mile from the UN peacekeeping base in Kidal.
A second suicide vehicle was detonated at one of the entrances to the base though no U.N. Forces were hurt but several mortar rounds were fired at the base.
A French-led military operation ousted al-Qaida allies and other jihadists from power in northern Mali about two years ago but the extremists have staged a growing number of attacks in recent months.
The resurgence of violence has killed about two dozen UN peacekeepers.