On Sunday about five UN peace keepers in Mali (MINUSMA) were attacked in Central Mali by militants. This is the first time the MINUSMA has experienced such a disaster.
“According to preliminary information, five peacekeepers were killed. Another was seriously hurt and is being evacuated,” MINUSMA said in a statement.
The nationalities of the dead peacekeepers is still unknown. The head of MINUSMA condemned the killings in a statement.
“I most strongly condemn this abject crime which adds to other terrorist acts targeting our peacekeepers and which constitute crimes against humanity under international law,” said Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the head of the peacekeeping mission in Mali.
Prior to the attack on the peacekeepers in Mali, five Malian soldiers were killed and four were wounded due to a landmine their vehicle had hit on Friday.
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was created on 25 April 2013 by UN Security Council Resolution 2100 to stabilize the country after the Tuareg rebellion.
The 2012 Tuareg rebellion which was caused by a push from Northern Malians( also referred to as Azawad) to attain freedom from Mali led to a clash that lasted two months and three weeks.
Although the clash had ended, Mali was still in a hostile state as some of the factions had hardly reconciled their differences. MINUSMA was deployed in July 2013 and has been in Mali for almost three years.
MINUSMA is the riskiest active peacekeeping mission posing a threat to UN peacekeeprs, at least 64 have been killed according to UN statistics.
Meanwhile in Sudan, the government wants a quick exit of the peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID). The government believes the peacekeepers have no business being in the country considering the Darfur crisis had long ended.