United Nations condemns attack on base in Mali which left 7 dead

United Nations condemns attack on base in Mali which left 7 dead

Ronald Pratt
August 16, 2017

United Nations peacekeepers along with French forces are in Mali to help the country deal with the remnants of an Islamic insurgency in the north. Al-Qaida-linked militants briefly took over the north of the country in 2012 after a failed coup in Bamako. The peacekeepers have responded and two assailants have been killed.

Earlier on Monday, unidentified gunmen had attacked two neighbouring United Nations camps in Douentza in the Mopti region of central Mali, killing a Malian soldier and a United Nations peacekeeper and slightly injuring another peacekeeper.

They opened fire on Malian UN security guards, killing five of them, as well as a civilian contractor whose nationality was not specified, the UN said in a separate statement.

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

As a result of armed attacks on bases of the UN mission in Mali killed four people, reports Associated Press with reference to the Deputy official representative UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq.

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

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and stressed that attacks targeting UN peacekeepers "may constitute war crimes under global law", UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said. Another armed group shot at peacekeepers in a neighboring camp who also returned fire, the mission said.

The attack in Mali took place two days after a terror attack in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso where Gunmen killed almost 20 people and wounded several others during an overnight attack on a restaurant.

The UN Secretary-General also condemned the attack in Ouagadougou, stressing that there can be no justification for such acts of indiscriminate violence.