Friday 19 July 2019

10 UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

'The 15,000-strong peacekeeping mission in Mali, established in 2013, is one of the UN's most dangerous'
'The 15,000-strong peacekeeping mission in Mali, established in 2013, is one of the UN's most dangerous'

Baba Ahmed

Jihadists have killed 10 UN peacekeepers and wounded at least 25 in northern Mali.

All of the peacekeepers killed in the assault on their camp in Aguelhoc were from Chad. A UN spokesman strongly condemned the attack, saying it may constitute a war crime.

Ireland has 20 soldiers training local troops in Mali, which was visited by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar earlier this month.

Residents close to the UN peace mission's camp in Aguelhoc, near Kidal, said the attackers arrived in motorcycles and cars. Several of the assailants were killed.

The 15,000-strong peacekeeping mission in Mali, established in 2013, is one of the UN's most dangerous.

The West African nation is under threat from a number of extremist groups affiliated with al-Qa'ida and Isil. Attacks have moved from the arid north to more populated central Mali.

The UN mission is one of several military efforts to fight the jihadists, alongside Malian forces, France's largest overseas military operation and a recently formed five-nation regional counter-terror force.

Irish Independent

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