Mali: At least 10 Chadian peacekeepers murdered in terror attack on UN base
At least 10 United Nations peacekeepers from Chad have been murdered and 25 others wounded in a terror attack in northern Mali, according to the UN Mission.
Muslim terrorists targeted the UN peacekeepers camp in Aguelhoc, 200km north of Mali’s Kidal region towards the border with Algeria. Residents confirmed the terror attack, saying that the Muslim terrorists came on motorcycles and cars. The identity of the terrorists was not immediately clear.
The peacekeepers also reportedly eliminated a number of terrorists, the mission said, without giving a concrete figure.
Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the UN’s special representative for Mali, condemned the attack in a statement. “Peacekeepers of the MINUSMA force at Aguelhok fought off a sophisticated attack by assailants who arrived on several armed vehicles,” he said.
The “cowardly” attack, he added, “illustrates the determination of the terrorists to sow chaos”.
More than 13,000 peacekeepers are deployed in Mali as part of a UN mission that was established after Muslim terror groups seized northern Mali in 2012. They were pushed back by French troops in 2013.
A peace agreement signed in 2015 by the Bamako government and armed terror groups was aimed at restoring stability to Mali. But the accord has failed to stop terrorism by Muslim jihadists, who have also staged terror attacks in neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived Sunday to the country of Chad for an official visit to renew ties between the countries. Netanyahu and Chad President Idriss Deby announced the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries.