Malian militants target peacekeepers

Mali UN  peacekeepersFrom RUDD KONTE in Bamako, Mali
BAMAKO, (CAJ News) – THE Security Council has denounced attacks on
peacekeepers by militant Islamic groups in Mali.
In the latest such onslaught against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) a Liberian peacekeeper has been killed in the ancient Timbuktu north of the country.
The Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims) has claimed responsibility of the attack that injured several other peacekeepers.
The members of the Security Council, the United Nations’ supreme body,
called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate these attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice.
They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war
crimes under international law.
“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”
The members of the Security Council expressed their concern about the
overall security situation in Mali.
In April, a vehicle belonging to the peacekeeping mission was badly
damaged as it struck an improvised explosive device in Tessalit in the
Kidal region.
In another incident, unidentified armed men have targeted positions of the Malian Armed Forces and the National Guard east of Timbuktu.
The West African country has been in turmoil since a coup in 2012.
– CAJ News

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