News ID: 2992
Published: 0138 GMT October 08, 2014

UN Security Council slams attack on peacekeepers in Mali

UN Security Council slams attack on peacekeepers in Mali

The UN Security Council has condemned a raid on its peacekeeping forces in northern Mali, where a Senegalese peacekeeper was killed.

“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the targeted attack against a United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) camp in Kidal, Mali, on 7 October,” the council said in a statement issued on Tuesday. Press TV reported.

The statement “called on the government of Mali to swiftly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

The UN member states must make sure that all measures taken to fight terrorism are in compliance with international law, the statement noted.

On Tuesday, at least four rockets were fired at the UN peacekeepers’ camp in Kidal.

The attack comes just days after nine UN soldiers were killed in a deadly assault. The peacekeepers, all from Niger, were killed on October 3, when armed attackers on motorbikes ambushed their convoy on the road between Ansongo and Menaka in northern Mali.

The Malian government is in negotiations with armed groups to bring peace to northern Mali.

Chaos broke out in Mali after President Amadou Toumani Toure was toppled in a military coup on March 22, 2012. The coup leaders said they mounted the coup in response to the government’s inability to contain the Tuareg rebellion in the north of the country. 
 
However, in the wake of the coup d’état, the Tuareg fighters took control of the entire northern desert region, but the Ansar Dine fighters then pushed them aside and took control of the region.

In January 2013, France invaded its former colony under the pretext of halting the advance of Tuareg.

   
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