UN staffer killed in Mali attack on peacekeeping convoy

United Nations employee of MINUSMA peace convoy has been killed in bomb-attack in northern Mali

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A UN peacekeeper of MINUSMA is seen on the Independance square on April 8, 2015 in Timbuktu, northern Mali

A civilian staff member of United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali has been killed on Tuesday in an explosive device attack on a convoy, however the UN will not be deterred from its efforts to bring peace to the West Africa, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

The attack for which the attackers used explosives on the road happened on the Goundam-Timbuktu axis in the Timbuktu region in the north of the country on the peace convoy of UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

A statement stressed, “The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wishes to reaffirm that such attacks will not alter the determination of the United Nations to support the Malian people and the peace process, including through its assistance to the ongoing implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali.”

“MINUSMA continues to strengthen measures aimed at countering explosive threats in Mali for the protection of United Nations personnel and Malian people alike,” it added, commending the mission’s efforts to “bring lasting peace in Mali under such difficult conditions.”

The attack followed the terror incident during which a gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Mali’s Bamako, killing at least 20 people and taking hostages.

Northern Mali was under the control of Tuareg rebels and Al Qaeda affiliated groups in mid-2012, but a French-led operation in 2013 partially caused the defeat of the groups.

In June, two main armed factions in the region signed a peace deal to end the conflict in the northern Mali, however some rebel groups are still refusing to come to a deal.

The UN Mission in the region was set up in 2013 to commit security-related tasks with the aim of providing stability in the country and practice a transitional road map.

The UN currently deploys more than 9,000 military personnel, some 1,180 police and an equal number of civilians on the ground in Mali.  

TRTWorld and agencies