At least 10 peacekeepers on Sunday (Jan 20) from Chad have been killed and 25 others sustained injuries in an attack on United Nations camp in Aguelhoc, some 200km north of Mali’s Kidal region towards the border with Algeria.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack, saying it was “in reaction” to the visit to Chad by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Mauritanian Al-Akhbar news agency, which regularly receives statements from this armed group.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned what he described as a “complex attack” and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. “MINUSMA forces responded robustly and a number of assailants were killed,” UN spokesperson Ivan Dujarric said, referring to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali.
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17 November, 2019