UN peacekeepers under threat from terrorists
From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE International Day of United Nations peacekeepers has been marked amid perpetrators carrying out a deadly attack that killed five peacekeepers and injured three others from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
According to preliminary information, a MINUSMA convoy hit an improvised explosive device and then came under fire by an unknown group of armed assailants approximately 15 km north of Aguelhok, Kidal region.
Five Chadian peacekeepers were killed and three others injured during the attack.
Since the beginning of the year, a dozen attacks against the UN has been registered in Kidal region, resulting in the death of at least 12 United Nations personnel, including (Thursday’s) victims.
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon condemned the deadly attack and presented his sincere condolences to the affected families.
He called for swift action to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice and recalled the attacks against UN peacekeepers constituted war crimes under international law.
UN yesterday (Thursday) observed the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, marking the eighth successive year in which the organisation honored peacekeepers killed in the line of duty.
Some 128 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations during 2015 were honoured posthumously.
– CAJ News
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