The United Nations, on Friday, said two UN peacekeepers, died and four others sustained injuries, in a gun attack in northern Mali.
“Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a United Nations Police patrol” in Timbuktu town, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali said in a statement.
The mission added that it recovered some materials from the attackers.
Head of the mission, El-Ghassim Wane, said he was “deeply shocked by this heinous act”, which he strongly condemned.
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“Despite a difficult operational environment, the UN mission will spare no effort to carry out its mandate,” he said.
By its resolution 2640 (2022), the UN Security Council extended the mandate of MINUSMA until June 30, 2023.
A multi-faceted crisis at the security, political and economic levels has engulfed Mali, since 2012.
Independence insurgencies, jihadist incursions and inter-communal violence have left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands more displaced in the country. (Xinhua)
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