UN chief condemns latest attack on peacekeepers in Mali

The United Nations Security Council and Secretary-General António Guterres have condemned an attack against a United Nations convoy in the Kidal region of Mali that left two Chadian peacekeepers dead and two others seriously injured.

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MINUSMA peacekeepers patrol the streets of Kidal, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Sylvain Liechti

The United Nations mission in Mali said two peacekeepers were killed Tuesday and two others seriously injured when a convoy hit a mine in the northern Kidal region.

The mission said in a statement that the two injured peacekeepers were immediately evacuated after their vehicles hit the explosives about 15 kilometers (9 miles) outside Aguelhok.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and reiterated that attacks on peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

In a statement issued last night, the Secretary-General extended his condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of Tuesday’s attack and wished a speedy recovery for the injured personnel serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

“The Secretary-General recalls that attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law,” the statement added.

Established by the Security Council in April 2013, MINUSMA supports the political process in Mali and carries out a number of security-related stabilization tasks, including protecting civilians, human rights monitoring, and the creation of conditions for the provision of humanitarian assistance.

In a statement issued to the press, the 15-member Council voiced its strong condemnation of the attack and called on the Government of Mali to investigate swiftly and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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