A fierce assault on a UN peacekeeping base in Northern Mali final week killed 4 peacekeepers and at the least 23 attackers, and injured one other 34 peacekeepers, the United Nations stated Monday (April 5) in an up to date report. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric reiterated Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres’ salute on Friday (April 2) to the bravery of Chadian peacekeepers who defended their camp in Aguelhok within the Kidal area, and his tribute to the 4 Chadians who misplaced their lives within the assault.
Dujarric stated in response to a query concerning the variety of attackers who died that the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali reported “about 23 our bodies have been left behind in addition to tools, together with a number of fight autos.”
He additionally reported a rise within the variety of peacekeepers injured from 19 to 34.
Mali has been attempting to include an Islamic extremist insurgency since 2012. Islamic extremist rebels have been compelled from energy in Mali’s northern cities with the assistance of a 2013 French-led army operation. Nevertheless, the insurgents rapidly regrouped within the desert and started launching frequent assaults on the Malian military and its allies preventing the insurgency.
The extremists have expanded their attain properly into central Mali, the place their presence has infected tensions between ethnic teams within the space. Guterres reiterated Friday that assaults concentrating on peacekeepers could represent struggle crimes below worldwide legislation and that sanctions could be utilized in opposition to these accountable, Dujarric stated.
The UN chief known as on Malian authorities “to spare no effort in figuring out and promptly holding to account the perpetrators of this heinous assault” and reiterated UN assist to the federal government and other people “of their quest for peace,” the spokesman stated.
The UN Safety Council (UNSC) is holding a beforehand scheduled assembly on Mali on Tuesday (April 6) the place UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix is scheduled to transient members.
(With PTI inputs)