In northern Mali, three UN peacekeeping troops were killed and another six others injured when unidentified shooters attacked the Timbuktu region. The UN mission in Mali and the Ivory Coast army said that the attackers’ ID hit the UN peacekeeping force vehicle.
Under a mission called MINUSMA, it was reported that the deaths occurred during a security operation near Dountja and Timbuktu, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Bambara-Maude city on Wednesday. According to the mission, the attackers fled from the spot, and the helicopters carried out medical emergency work.
The head of the UN mission, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, condemned the attack. He said that when efforts are on to bring Mali in a better direction, I am deeply saddened about these attacks against national and international forces as well as the civilian population.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the attack and said the UN peacekeeping troops’ attack should be considered a huge crime.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, “The Malian officer should quickly identify the perpetrators of this heinous attack and immediately punish them with severe punishment.” Ivory Coast Army Chief of Staff General Lasina Doumbia said the three dead peacekeepers belonged to Ivory Coast and were attacked by extremists.