Attack in Mali kills UN peacekeepers

Four peacekeepers from Chad were killed, and 19 others wounded, when armed elements launched a complex attack against the mission’s camp in Aguelhok, located in the Kidal region in the northeast of the country.   

The assault occurred around 6:15 a.m. local time. Helicopters were dispatched to the scene to evacuate the wounded. 

“Peacekeepers valiantly repelled a complex attack carried out by several heavily armed terrorists,” MINUSMA said in a statement, issued in French, noting that several of the attackers were also killed. 

The mission strongly condemned the attack, describing it as “yet another attempt against the peace process and the implementation of the Agreement by enemies of peace”. 

The UN Secretary-General issued the following statement: “ The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the complex attack undertaken today by armed elements, against the camp of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Aguelhok, Kidal region. As a result of the attack four peacekeepers from the Chadian Contingent were killed and 19 others were injured. He commends the courage and bravery of the peacekeepers who robustly repelled the attack. 

The Secretary-General conveys his heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of Chad and extends his profound sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims. He wishes a swift recovery to the injured. 

The Secretary-General recalls that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law and that sanctions can be applied against those responsible. He calls on the Malian authorities to spare no effort in identifying and promptly holding to account the perpetrators of this heinous attack.  

The Secretary-General reiterates the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and Government of the Republic of Mali in their quest for peace.” 

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