Seven United Nations peacekeepers were killed, three others received injuries on Wednesday when a logistical convoy struck an explosive device in central Mali, the UN mission MINUSMA said.
“The initial toll is seven dead and three seriously injured,” it said on Twitter, without detailing the nationality of the casualties.
The incident took place in the Bandiagara area in the Mopti region when driving between the towns of Douentza and Sevare, it said.
Furthermore, a MINUSMA Peacekeeper succumbed to his injuries on 6 December in Dakar, Senegal.
The soldier was seriously injured on 22 November when the vehicle in which he was traveling from Tessalit to Kidal hit an Improvised Explosive Device about 11km from the MINUSMA camp in Tessalit, the mission said in a statement.
“I bow to the memory of our late colleague, who paid with his life the quest for peace in Mali,” said the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of MINUSMA, Mr El-Ghassim WANE.
His death, he continued, “illustrates once again, and tragically, the permanent danger to the Mission’s personnel and the complexity of the environment in which it operates”.
He also said that in recent days four MINUSMA camps in Northern Mali were attacked. Mr. WANE reiterated his strong condemnation of these attacks.
Acts of violence against United Nations personnel serving in Peacekeeping operations could be war crimes, he said, stressing the need to do everything possible to bring to justice the perpetrators of attacks against MINUSMA.
MINUSMA—the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali—began its deployment to the troubled Sahel state in 2013.
It has 16,500 personnel, including 10,700 troops, according to its website.
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