UN peacekeeper killed in northern Mali

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UN peacekeepers on patrol in Kidal, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic

A peacekeeper has been killed while three others were seriously wounded in an attack on a UN base in the northern town of Gao in Mali.

The UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA released a statement on Wednesday, confirming that its camp in the Château d’Eau neighbourhood came under mortar and rocket attack.

A dozen UN personnel, including civilians, were also wounded in the attack and have received medical attention.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The UN special envoy to Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif said he was "sickened by the cowardly, vicious and unacceptable attacks against the UN base, where mainly civilians live."

Meanwhile, in another area of Gao, two local security guards and an international contractor were killed in a small arms attack on an office of the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

Annadif called on the Malian authorities to ensure that those responsible for the crimes are identified and face justice.

An assessment is under way to determine the extent of the damages although some of the housing facilities have been destroyed.

MINUSMA has deployed an attack helicopter to carry out surveillance and a rapid reaction force has been deployed to patrol the city.

The authorities in Mali, with the support of MINUSMA, have been seeking to restore stability and rebuild the country following a series of setbacks since early 2012, including a military coup and renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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