Two United Nations peacekeeper soldiers were targeted by rebel fighters in Mali while traveling from Bamako airport towards the south of the city on Monday, AFP has reported.
Since its inception in 2013, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has lost 40 peacekeepers in total.
"Armed men that we have not yet identified shot at two peacekeepers who were on board a UN vehicle on Monday night. One of them was killed and the other seriously wounded," a Malian security source said.
"We are seeking clarification and details. This has to be viewed as a terrorist act. The perpetrators are the enemies of peace," the source added.
A source from MINUSMA, the UN's peacekeeping mission in Mali, said that the two UN soldiers were Bangladeshi.
UN peacekeepers are frequently targeted by militants in the north of the country. The ambush came five days after a UN residence was targeted in the Mali’s Faso Kanu city.
The northern side of Mali has been hit by violence stoked by rebel groups since 2013. Despite the elections, pro-government militias and Tuareg-led rebel groups, known as the CMA, clash in the north continuously.
France’s defense ministry claimed last week that Amada Ag Hama, known as "Abdelkrim the Tuareg" and responsible for the kidnapping and murder of two French journalists in Mali in 2013, was killed in a raid.
During the raid on Monday last week, Abdelkrim was killed along with another important figure, Ibrahim Ag Inawalen, known as "Bana."
The French defense ministry said the men were "two of the main leaders" of AQIM and Ansar Dine, another group linked to Al-Qaeda.