UN Condemns Killing of Peacekeeper in Mali

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 16, 2018

Militants disguised as UN peacekeepers exploded two suicide auto bombs and fired dozens of rockets at the French and United Nations bases in Mali's northern city of Timbuktu on Saturday, killing one and wounding dozens, Malian authorities said.

"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.

"MINUSMA confirms a significant complex attack on its camp in Timbuktu mortars, exchange of fire, vehicle suicide bomb attack", the mission tweeted.

The militants, disguised as peacekeepers also attacked a French military base.

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Officials have said the attack on a camp for the United Nations mission known as MINUSMA in Timbuktu on Saturday left one peacekeeper dead and a number of wounded. "One blue helmet was killed in the exchange of fire". Three auto bombs were exploded, it said. It has more than 11,000 troops and 1,741 police, and is considered one of the UN's most risky missions.

It made no mention of casualties but said the situation was "under control".

Unrest in Mali stems from a 2012 Tuareg separatist uprising against the state, which was exploited by jihadists in order to take over key cities in the north. The attack took place on Saturday afternoon, near Timbuktu's airport.

The United Nations last month said 162 people deployed in Mali have been killed since 2013, making it the world's deadliest peacekeeping operation to date.

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