United Nations peacekeeper, Mali soldier dead after gunmen attack United Nations base

Joy Montgomery
August 16, 2017

The six assailants were also killed in the attack. The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali is the deadliest of the UN's 16 global peacekeeping operations, and the death of the soldier in Douentza brought the number of UN peacekeepers killed in attacks this year to nine, according to the UN peacekeeping department.

"An attack has been launched against one of our camps in Timbuktu (by) unknown men with machine guns", Radhia Achouri, a spokeswoman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission told Reuters.

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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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and stressed that attacks targeting UN peacekeepers "may constitute war crimes under worldwide law", UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said. A Malian security guard and six peacekeepers were also wounded in the incident.

The mission, known as MINUSMA, said it dispatched a quick reaction force and attack helicopters to secure the Timbuktu headquarters.

No group has claimed Monday's attack.

"Turkey will continue to stand in solidarity with Mali which has become the target of terrorism in recent years and to support the efforts of the worldwide community through the United Nations to ensure a lasting peace and stability in the country", the statement added. A second group walking on foot to the other MINUSMA camp opened fire. Suspected jihadists attacked a restaurant in neighboring Burkina Faso Sunday, killing 18 people.

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