Bamako, December 8, 2021 – This morning, a MINUSMA logistics convoy struck an improvised explosive device between Douentza and Sévaré on the national road 16, in the Bandiagara region. Seven peacekeepers were killed and three others seriously injured.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of MINUSMA, Mr. El-Ghassim WANE, strongly condemned this cowardly attack and stressed that it could constitute a war crime under international law. He offered his deepest condolences to the government of the fallen peacekeepers, their families and brothers in arms, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
“This tragedy comes on top of the gruesome tally of attacks on peacekeepers in Mali,” Wane said. Saluting the memory of the seven soldiers who fell today on the field of honor, he recalled that “MINUSMA is the peace operation for which the peacekeepers have paid the heaviest price, with more than 200 soldiers killed in the exercise. of their functions ”.
Since the start of 2021, dozens of attacks on MINUSMA personnel involving improvised explosive devices have been recorded, killing several peacekeepers. He stressed that this latest attack, like the others that preceded it, was a further reminder of the urgent need for even greater efforts to stabilize central Mali.