Ten blue helmet soldiers killed in attack on UN base

According to UN report, armed militias attacked the peacekeeping camp in northeastern Mali. Ten soldiers from Chad were killed and around 25 injured.

In an attack on a UN base in Mali at least ten peacekeepers from Chad were killed and 25 others were injured. This was announced by the UN peacekeeping mission Minusma. UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the attack as a “complex and cowardly attack”.

According to the UN, the base in Aguelhok has been attacked by numerous armed assailants. The blue helmet soldiers had then defended themselves and killed many attackers. Exact numbers did not name the United Nations.

The jihadist Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed the attack for itself. According to the Mauritanian news agency Al-Achbar, the attack was a reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Chad.

According to Mahmoud Saleh Annadif, head of the UN mission in Mali, it now needs

“a robust, immediate and coordinated action by all military forces to eradicate the threat of terrorism in the Sahel.”

At present, 15,000 UNs are under Minusma Soldiers stationed in Mali. The Bundeswehr is also involved. From Gao, about 400 kilometers south of Aguelhok, the soldiers are helping to stabilize the West African country.

Especially in the north of the country, dominated by the Sahara and the south adjacent Sahel, numerous Islamist groups are active, which had taken control after the Tuareg Uprising in 2012. Some of them have ties to Al-Qaeda, others to the “Islamic State”. The former colonial power France intervened militarily in 2013 and initially pushed the Islamists back.

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