UN probes attack that killed four peacekeepers in Mali

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The United Nations has deployed demining experts to investigate the explosion that killed four peacekeepers and injured 15 others in Mali on Tuesday.

An explosive device that detonated on a vehicle carrying UN peacekeepers was the latest in a series of attacks in Kidal region.

Last week there was repeated mortar fire against the camp of the UN mission in Mali and nine peacekeepers were wounded in another attack by an improvised explosive device in the region.

Stephane Dujarric is UN spokesperson in New York.

"The UN Mine action service, UNMAS, has deployed in the field for the investigation concerning the attack yesterday by an explosive device on a vehicle of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, which has you would recall, had killed four Chadian peacekeepers and wounded 15 others — six of whom were wounded seriously. The wounded have been evacuated to Gao and some to Dakar, in Senegal. The Secretary-General condemned the attack, the latest in a series of attacks against UN personnel and contractors in the Kidal Region in the past week." (28")

The Security Council on Tuesday condemned the latest attack against UN peacekeepers in Mali.

It reiterated its full support to the UN's Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and to the French forces that support it.

MINUSMA is helping to restore stability to Mali which has suffered from a rebellion in the north and a military coup d'état.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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