The UN mission in Mali is one of the most dangerous peacekeeping operations in the world. File/Reuters
Three United Nations peacekeepers died and six more were wounded on Wednesday in northern Mali hours before the UN’s top official in the country expressed cautious optimism that a new roadmap would lead the turbulent West African nation to elections in March 2022.
The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali said the peacekeepers’ vehicle struck an improvised explosive device and the soldiers then came under attack by unidentified gunmen in the Timbuktu region. Ivory Coast’s army chief of staff, Gen. Lassina Doumbia, said the three dead peacekeepers were from that country and they were attacked by extremists.
The UN peacekeeping mission has been in Mali since 2013, after extremists took control of major towns in the north. A French-led military operation dislodged the rebels, but the extremists have since regrouped in rural areas and expanded their reach, targeting Mali’s army and the UN mission.
According to the UN, 231 peacekeepers in Mali have been killed due to hostile incidents.
In August, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was ousted from power by a military junta. Under international pressure, the junta appointed a civilian-led government to lead the country through an 18-month transition to new elections.
Fifty-three soldiers were killed on Friday in a “terrorist attack” on a Mali military post in the northeast of the country, the government said. The assault is one of the deadliest strikes against Mali’s military
Six of the peacekeepers from the MINUSMA mission were seriously wounded by the attack on the base in the town of Tessalit, spokesman Olivier Salgado told the media. He said it was unclear who was responsible.
Thirteen French soldiers fighting extremists in Mali were killed in an accident between two helicopters, the French presidency said on Tuesday, the single biggest loss
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