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UN secretary general slams attack on peacekeepers in Mali

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UNITED NATIONS–––UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday slammed an attack on UN peacekeepers convey in Mali.

The attack on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (Minusma)
occurred in the Kidal region.

Two peacekeepers were killed and two others were seriously injured.

UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

The UN chief extended his comforts to the families and loved ones of the victims and wished the injured officers a speedy recovery.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted that the attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law, according to Stephane Dujarric, the secretary general’s spokesman, in a statement.

In a statement, The UN said it has evacuated the two injured peacekeepers from the area and slammed “terrorist acts,” which it said were intended to paralyze its mission in the West African nation.

Jihadist and separatist insurgency took control of the Mali’s north following military coup in 2012 that dethroned President Touré by angry infantry soldiers.

Authorities say the conflict prodded French military intervention in January 2013 and the deployment of a 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping mediation, known as MINUSMA, several months later.

Sources say more than 70 peacekeepers have been killed since the start of the mission.

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Blama G. Konuwah

Blama G. Konuwah resides in Vancouver, Canada. He is a public issues analyst and senior contributor to Globe Afrique.

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