Blue helmet deaths "won't go unpunished"

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Memorial ceremony held in honor of Blue Helmets. Photo MINUSMA/Marco Dormino

The killers of nine peacekeepers in Mali will be brought to justice according to the UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous.

The soldiers from Niger were killed in the north-eastern desert on Friday in what was the deadliest ever attack on the UN mission, MINUSMA.

The men were remembered at a ceremony on Tuesday in Bamako, Mali's capital.

Mr Ladsous had this message for the killers.

“It's been no less than 30 blue helmets who have been killed since the beginning of our mission here, a year and half ago. And I want to tell the jihadists and the other extremists that their crimes shall not go unpunished. (0'14")

On Friday the Security Council issued a statement saying attacks targeting peacekeepers could constitute war crimes under international law.

The UN has been supporting Mali's recovery from a crisis which started with a military coup d’état in early 2012.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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