1 Togolese peacekeeper killed, 27 injured in an attack in central Mali
A Togolese peacekeeper from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), injured in Wednesday’s attack on a temporary MINUSMA base in central Mali, died of his injuries, a. MINUSMA spokesperson Olivier Salgado confirmed on Friday.
MINUSMA noted On Thursday, 28 Togolese peacekeepers were injured, including five seriously, in Wednesday’s attack on its provisional base in Kerena, in Mali’s central region of Mopti.
The attack was carried out by unidentified gunmen, Salgado said, adding that it was a vehicle suicide which exploded with its driver on board near the temporary base.
According to him, the main objective of the presence of the temporary base was to help reduce violence against populations, restore calm in areas where community tensions were high, and neutralize the threat of improvised explosive devices.
At around 7 a.m. local time on Wednesday, a temporary MINUSMA base in Kerena, located near Douentza, in Mali’s central region of Mopti, was attacked. A preliminary assessment by MINUSMA indicated that at least 20 peacekeepers were injured, with no fatalities.
MINUSMA chief Mahamat Saleh Annadif conveyed his sincere condolences to the Togolese peacekeeper family as well as to the Togolese government, Salgado said on social media.
With the five peacekeepers dying in January, a total of six peacekeepers have sacrificed their lives in the United Nations peacekeeping mission this year in Mali, where terrorist threats persist since a coup in 2012, when Extremist militias have taken control of northern Mali.
MINUSMA was deployed in 2013 to support political processes in Mali.
A UN-backed peace deal in 2015 between the government and various armed groups failed to stabilize the situation in the central and northern regions of the country, with attacks escalating in recent years.