3 civilians killed, 2 UN peacekeepers injured in Mali

Two United Nations peacekeepers injured, three civilians killed in Mali landmine blast

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

UN peacekeepers stand guard in the northern town of Kouroume, Mali.

Three civilians died in northern Mali when their vehicle hit a landmine in the region of Kidal, and two United Nations peacekeepers who went to the rescue were injured when a second mine exploded.

The UN condemned the attack and stated, ''actions aimed at paralyzing operations on the ground and indiscriminately target UN personnel and innocent civilians'', both mines exploded in the area of a UN base in Tessalit.

Two UN peacekeepers were wounded, one of them is in a critical state and there is no clear information about their nationality.

UN officials said that they strongly condemned such acts that are meant to paralyse the mission's operations on the ground, and hurt UN officials as well as innocent civilians.

According to Malian media, landmines have killed over 400 people from 2013 to last July.

In 2012, rival armed group, Coordination of Azawad Movements, which is dominated by ethnic Tuaregs captured northern Mali with support from militants who were connected to al Qaeda but in 2013, Nationalists and French forces recaptured the area and the UN made a peacekeeping mission.

The government has said it would commit $175 million a year between 2016 and 2018 to supporting a peace agreement it signed in June with the separatists.

TRTWorld and agencies