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Attack on peacekeepers 'serious crime,' says senior UN official in Mali

17 January 2015 – A senior official from the United Nations United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has today condemned in the strongest terms a terrorist attack on the Mission's base in the town of Kidal, which killed a Chadian peacekeeper and wounded another.

"Such violence against the UN peacekeeping forces is a serious crime and those responsible will be brought to justice," said the Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative in Mali, Arnauld Akodjenou. "These acts will not affect our determination to continue the mission that the Security Council has entrusted to us."

In a press release, the Mission said the base was attacked shortly before 7.00 am, when a suicide vehicle was detonated near a MINUSMA checkpoint about a kilometre away, killing a peacekeeper and wounding another from the Chadian contingent.

A second vehicle then exploded at one of the base's entrances, while the camp was simultaneously bombarded with at least eight rockets or mortars, two of which landed inside the camp, causing significant damage.

MINUSMA's statement offered the Mission's condolences to the Government and people of Chad, as well as to the family of the soldier killed in the attack, adding that the Mission would continue monitoring developments in close cooperation with Malian security forces and Forces working under Operation Barkhane.

The Mission said it would support regional and local authorities in their response to the attack, in line with its mandate to protect populations, and reiterated its urgent appeal for all parties to stick resolutely to the path of dialogue in the search for lasting peace in the country.

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