United Nations chief, Security Council condemn deadly attack on peacekeepers in Mali

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 16, 2018

Seven UN peacekeepers have been killed in attacks in Mali this year alone, serving in a mission that has been described as the UN's most unsafe.

"Terrorists wearing blue helmets aboard two cars laden with explosives, including one in the colors of the Malian army and another with a "UN" written in it, attempted to infiltrate these camps", the Malian government statement said.

The militants attacked the base in the city of Timbuktu with the help of mortars and bomb cars. "Now the situation is under control", - reported in the United Nations mission.

The Associated Press reports 15 of the attackers were killed in a counterattack.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the U.N.'s peacekeeping chief, said on Twitter: "Our determination to support peace in Mali remains unshakeable".

Mali's security ministry said Saturday the assailants had tried to detonate two auto bombs, one of them a vehicle in the colors of the Malian armed forces and the other carrying the United Nations logo.

The French military said there had been three vehicle bombs.

The first exploded while troops managed to immobilize the second, the ministry said.

It made no mention of casualties but said the situation was "under control". Islamist extremists linked to Al-Qaeda took control of the desert north of Mali in early 2012, but were largely driven out in a French-led military operation launched in January 2013.

The UN chief stated that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under worldwide law.

Seven peacekeepers have been killed this year.

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