Peacekeeper, workers killed in attack on United Nations missions in Mali


The UN peacekeeper and a Malian soldier were killed in an early morning attack in Douentza, in the central region of Mopti, according to a mission in the country, known by the acronym MINUSMA.

In Monday's attacks on the camps of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (Minusma) in Douenza and Timbuktu in Mali, a UN peacekeeper from Togo, a Malian soldier, a member of the Malian gendarmerie as well as six Malian contractors were killed.

"I do not have enough words to condemn this cowardly and despicable act which takes place a few hours after the terrorist attack in Douentza", Mahamat Saleh Annadif, head of MINUSMA, said in a statement according to Al Jazeera.

The Council members expressed their solidarity with Burkina Faso in its fight against terrorism and stressed the need to intensify regional and global efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism, which may be conducive to terrorism.

"A first group of assailants fired at a MINUSMA camp from an adjacent hill".

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In the second attack, the suspected militants killed a peacekeeper, the mission said.

The UN mission said that it had deployed a rapid response force with helicopters to the scene.

In Douentza, MINUSMA said a group of attackers fired on a United Nations camp from an adjacent hill and Malian troops returned fire.

Another armed group shot at peacekeepers in a neighbouring camp who also returned fire, the mission said, and two attackers were killed in the exchanges. However, Islamist militants have killed over 100 United Nations peacekeepers in Mali in a number of repeated attacks on the organisation, making Mali the most deadly of its 16 global peacekeeping operations. The UN is looking into whether there was any connection between the two attacks.