On Wednesday morning, 7 UN peacekeepers from Togo died and 3 others were earnestly injured erstwhile their conveyance deed an improvised explosive instrumentality successful the Bandiagara region successful cardinal Mali.
The peacekeepers were portion of a convoy travelling from Douentza to Sevare, informed the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. António Guterres strongly condemns this heinous attack, helium told correspondents in New York astatine the regular regular briefing.
Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the UN chief offered his sincere condolences to the families of the victims, arsenic good arsenic to the Government and radical of Togo, and wished a afloat betterment to each those who were injured.
“The Secretary-General besides calls connected the Malian authorities to spare nary effort successful identifying the perpetrators of this onslaught truthful that they tin beryllium brought to justice”, Mr. Dujarric said.
In a tweet, the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, noted that “African peacekeepers travel to enactment a state and a radical successful their region.”
“These crimes indispensable not spell unpunished”, helium added.
In another statement, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Mali, El-Ghassim Wane, condemned this "cowardly attack" and stressed that it could represent a warfare transgression nether planetary law.
"This calamity adds to the gruesome tally of attacks connected peacekeepers successful Mali," he said.
Mr. Wane, who besides acts arsenic the caput of the UN Mission successful the state (MINUSMA), recalled that the Mission "is the bid cognition wherever peacekeepers person paid the heaviest price, with much than 200 soldiers killed successful the war.”
Since the commencement of 2021, dozens of attacks against MINUSMA unit involving improvised explosive devices person been recorded.
According to Mr. Wane, this caller attack, like all the others, is different reminder of the urgent request for adjacent much sustained efforts to stabilize cardinal Mali.
Also on Wednesday, the Spokesperson confirmed that a peacekeeper from Egypt died connected Monday in the hospital aft succumbing to injuries helium suffered during an onslaught successful bluish Mali.
The peacekeeper was earnestly injured connected November 22 aft the conveyance helium was in, arsenic portion of a logistics convoy from Tessalit to Kidal, struck an improvised explosive device, astir 11 km distant from the MINUSMA campy in Tessalit.
He was past evacuated to Dakar with 2 different peacekeepers to person due treatment.