Saturday, 25 November 2017

Four UN peacekeepers and a Malian soldier killed in separate attacks in Mali

Four United Nations peacekeepers and a Malian soldier were killed in Mali on Friday in two separate attacks, the UN mission there confirmed.

The peacekeepers' nationalities have not been confirmed.

UN troops have been in Mali attempting to stabilise the country since 2013.

The country, bordering Niger and Burkina Faso, has struggled with Islamist militants who have regularly attacked international peacekeepers and the Malian military.

In a statement, the UN Security Council condemned the attacks and said targeting peacekeepers "may constitute war crimes under international law".

"This operation to protect civilians in the region also aimed to bring medical assistance to people in need," the head of Minusma, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said in the statement.

BBC      News.