This morning, a MINUSMA logistics convoy hit an improvised explosive device between Douentza and Sévaré on National Road 16, in the Bandiagara region. Seven blue helmets 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 most sincere condolences to the government of the deceased peacekeepers, as well as to their families and brothers in arms, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
“This tragedy adds to the gruesome tally of attacks on peacekeepers in Mali,” Wane said. Saluting the memory of the seven soldiers who fell today in action, he recalled that “MINUSMA is the peace operation for which blue helmets have paid the heaviest price, with more than 200 soldiers killed in the performance of their duties”.
Since the beginning of 2021, dozens of attacks against MINUSMA personnel involving improvised explosive devices have been recorded, killing several peacekeepers. He stressed that this latest attack, like others that have preceded it, was a further reminder of the urgent need for even greater efforts to stabilize central Mali.
Distributed by APO Group for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
© Press release 2021