Mali armed groups urged to stop attacking UN peacekeepers

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MINUSMA peacekeepers on patrol in Tessalit, Mali. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

Armed groups in Mali are being urged by the UN to respect their promise to not attack peacekeepers.

In a declaration signed last September during the inter-Malian negotiation process in Algiers, the groups agreed to cooperate with the UN Mission MINUSMA.

The call by MINUSMA follows Friday's car bomb attack near the Kidal airstrip in the north of the country, which wounded seven peacekeepers from Senegal.

A similar incident happened recently in the Gao region where eight Nigerien peacekeepers were also injured.

Farhan Haq has the details.

"The UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, has condemned the attack on its peacekeepers near the Kidal airstrip this morning, when one of its vehicles struck an explosive device. Seven Senegalese peacekeepers were wounded and have been evacuated. The Mission adds that the area of the explosion has been secured and that a team of experts from the Mission have started an investigation."

The situation in northern Mali has deteriorated since 2013, with an increase in incidents involving explosive devices.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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