UN Chief condemns killing of peacekeepers in Mali by suicide attack

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Martin Nesirky

A suicide attack carried out by unknown assailants in northern Mali on Monday has claimed several victims, both peacekeepers and civilians, according to the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

Martin Nesirky said the incident happened at a checkpoint of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Tessalit town, Kidal region.

A number of Chadian peacekeepers have been killed and injured. There have also been a number of civilian casualties.

"The UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, reports that there was a suicide attack today on a UN checkpoint in Tessalit. There are several victims, both peacekeepers and civilians.The Mission firmly condemns this attack."

The Security Council set up the UN mission in Mali, MINUSMA, in April to support the West African country's recovery from a coup and the occupation of its north by Islamist fundamentalists.

It has also been mandated to assist Mali's transition back to stability and democratic governance, and the promotion of human rights and provision of humanitarian aid.

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