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Mali Massacre: UN Sec Gen, Guterres frown at attack on peacekeepers as Nigerian get killed

by on May 19, 2019
 

Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of United Nations, has condemned Sunday’s attacks on the United Nation’s Integrated Stabilization Mission for Mali (MINUSMA) in Timbuktu and Tessalit.

The attack caused the death of a Nigerian peacekeeper, who succumbed to his wounds following the armed attack by unidentified assailants in Timbuktu.

Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General, in a statement sent made to news men, expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and to the Government of Nigeria.

“He wishes a speedy recovery to another Nigerian peacekeeper who was wounded in the same attack”, it added.

“He also wishes a swift recovery to three Chadian peacekeepers, who were wounded when their mine-protected vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Tessalit, Kidal region.

“The Secretary-General recalls that attacks targeting United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.

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“He calls on the Malian authorities to take swift action to identify the perpetrators of these attacks and promptly bring them to justice.”

The Secretary-General further reaffirmed the solidarity of United Nations with the people and the Government of Mali and its support to their quest for peace and stability.

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