MINUSMA loses a blue helmet following the explosion of an improvised explosive device in Kidal
A peacekeeper part of a MINUSMA Force security patrol died today in Kidal after being seriously injured by the explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) while carrying out a search and detection operation.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Mali and Head of MINUSMA, El-Ghassim Wane, strongly condemns this attack. He offers his deepest condolences to the government of the deceased peacekeeper, as well as to his family and his brothers in arms.
Since the beginning of 2022, several attacks against MINUSMA uniformed personnel involving the use of IEDs have been recorded, killing a number of peacekeepers and injuring several others. “This latest incident illustrates, once again, the complexity of the environment in which the Mission operates and the security challenges it faces on a daily basis,” said El-Ghassim Wane. “I salute the commitment of our explosive ordnance disposal teams who put their lives in danger to preserve those of their colleagues and the civilian population. Their role is crucial in the conduct of our operations,” he added.
Recalling that attacks against Blue Helmets can constitute war crimes under international law, the Special Representative stresses that no effort should be spared to identify and bring to justice those involved in hostile acts against MINUSMA. It reaffirms the Mission’s commitment to continue to implement its mandate in the pursuit of peace and security in Mali.
Distributed by APO Group for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
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