UN condemns killing of peacekeepers in Mali, calls for justice

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MINUSMA headquarters. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

The killing of five United Nations peacekeepers in northern Mali has been strongly condemned by the UN Security Council.

A statement was issued by members of the Council on Friday, calling for a swift investigation into the attack and for those responsible to be held accountable.

The Chadian soldiers died in a roadside bomb attack between the towns of Aguelhok and Tessalit, near the border with Algeria.

Three more were severely wounded, the United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) confirmed.

The Council reiterated a call for terrorism to be fought by all means, describing the acts as "criminal and unjustifiable" regardless of their motivation.

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General called on the armed groups meeting in Algiers to "take immediate action" on their pledge to work with the UN in Mali to prevent what he called "cowardly" attacks.

Since 2013, a total of 21 peacekeepers have been killed and 84 wounded in incidents involving explosive devices in Mali.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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