UN: UN mission in Mali condemns killing of 5 peacekeepers

New York, US (PANA) - Five UN peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in central Mali on
Sunday and another seriously injured, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said.

A MINUSMA statement obtained by PANA in New York deplored the
attack and the killing of the peacekeepers, noting that it was more shocking
because it occurred on the day set aside to honour UN peacekeepers.

According to the statement, the ambush occurred at about 11:00 am (Mali's time),
near the town of Sevare.

The mission expressed condolences to the families of victims as well as to
the government and people of Mali, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured

"I condemn in the strongest terms this despicable crime in addition to other
terrorist acts that targeted our peacekeepers, which constitute crimes against
humanity under international law," said Mahamat Saleh Annadif, UN envoy in
Mali and head of MINUSMA.

"This heinous act of terrorism is even more shocking as it was
perpetrated there during International Day of UN Peacekeepers," he said.

May 29 is the annual commemoration of International of UN Peacekeeping,
declared by the UN General Assembly in 2003, to pay tribute to the
professionalism, dedication and courage of all the men and women serving
in UN peacekeeping operations, and honour the memory of those who have
lost their lives in the cause of peace.

The envoy urged that every effort be made to identify those responsible
for these heinous crimes against friendly forces of Mali and the Malian
Armed Forces, five of whom were also killed on 27 May.

Mr. Annadif stressed that the MINUSMA is more committed than ever to
pursue its mission in support of Mali and its people.

PANA recalled that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had on 19 May also
condemned a deadly attack that killed five peacekeepers and injured three
others of the UN mission in Mali.

The peacekeepers were killed when they hit an improvised explosive device
and then came under fire by an unknown group of armed assailants about
15 kilometres north of Aguelhok, Kidal region.

Those killed are Chadian peacekeepers.

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 17 of its
-0- PANA  AA/AR  29May2016

29 may 2016 19:40:10

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