A UN peacekeeper was killed in northern Mali and another seriously wounded after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb on Thursday, the UN mission said. The attack came as civil servants in the capital, Bamako, protested against the “selective release” of foreign hostages in hostage swap deals by the government.
The attack on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali – known by the French acronym MINUSMA – occurred around 1.30pm local time when “a vehicle of the MINUSMA Force hit a mine or explosive device, about 50 km from the town of Kidal. The explosion resulted in the death of a peacekeeper. Another, seriously injured, was evacuated,” according to the force.
The nationalities of the peacekeepers were not provided.