first published on January 21, 2019 by Will
Ten United Nations “Blue Helmets” peacekeepers were killed on Sunday during a terrorist assault against the MINUSMA base in Aguelhok, northern Mali.
The ten deceased security troops were reportedly from Chad. An additional 25 personnel were wounded in the attack.
A statement from the UN mission said, “MINUSMA forces responded robustly and a number of assailants were killed.”
Other reports indicate that the attack was carried out by al Qaeda-linked jihadist gunmen who arrived in several vehicles, executing a complex raid. The Mali al Qaeda affiliate group Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen claimed responsibility for the attack.
The UN said the attack “will not diminish the resolve of the UN to continue supporting the people and government of Mali in their efforts to build peace and stability in the country.”
Mali is said to be one of the most dangerous deployments for UN forces. There are approximately 4,000 French and various foreign UN troops currently operating in Mali.