“The attack left two peacekeepers dead, including a woman. Four other peacekeepers were injured, one of them seriously,” the report said.
It further revealed that the injured are currently receiving necessary medical treatment at the MINUSMA military hospital in Timbuktu. The deceased UN peacekeepers were of Nigerian origin and were part of the Mali defense and security forces.
The UN Security Council vehemently condemned the attack and called upon an investigation by the government. El-Ghassim Wane, the MINUSMA head expressed his utter shock by the incident via his Twitter page.
It should be noted that the AFP also responded by sending in a reaction force but this happened 30 minutes after the attack.
Since 2012, Mali had been on tenterhooks with the jihadist insurgence. Thousands of people have lost their lives since. Thousands more have been forced to flee their homes in search of refuge.
Germany revealed that its forces will maintain their positions in Mali until 2024, on condition the junta lets them operate freely and elections are held.
According to Berlin, Germany has about 1,100 troops deployed in Mali. In recent months, it has become the 7th country to decide to suspend its participation in the UN mission.
German militia has been in the UN mission since 2013 with up to 1,400 soldiers present as part of the mission.
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