Three Senegalese UN Peacekeepers Killed in Mali Blast

Three Senegalese UN Peacekeepers Killed in Mali Blast (News Central TV)
A multi-disciplinary company of Senegalese peacekeepers from MINUSMA’s Quick Reaction Force (QRF) headed to the village of Ogoussagou to rotate its personnel as well as those of the temporary operational base. The village of Ogoussagou is located 144 kilometres from the town of Sévaré in the Mopti region of central Mali. The village of Ogoussagou has been hosting a temporary operational base (TOB) of the MINUSMA force for over two years. The objective of this operation is to maintain peace between the communities which, in February 2020, clashed violently, causing several hundred deaths, the majority of which were women and children. For several months now, after the signing of local agreements between the communities, peace has reigned in Ogossagou. The village of Ogossagou is difficult to access by land. This is due to the security situation linked to the Improvised Explosive Device (IED), to terrorist attacks and to the isolation of the village.

The United Nation said three Senegalese UN peacekeepers were killed on Tuesday when their convoy hit a roadside bomb in jihadist-torn central Mali, in a new blow to the long-running operation.

Three Senegalese UN Peacekeepers Killed in Mali Blast (News Central TV)

“A MINUSMA Force convoy hit an Improvised Explosive Device #IED today,” it said in a tweet, with three people killed and five seriously injured. The incident occurred near the village of Songobia, 29 kilometres southwest of Bandiagara, while their supply convoy was on its way to its base in Sévaré.

While reaffirming MINUSMA’s commitment to working for peace in Mali, Mr Wane reminded the international community that attacks on peacekeepers can be considered war crimes under international law. He stressed the need to do everything possible to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of hostile acts against MINUSMA.

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“I condemn this attack and offer my deepest condolences to the families and brothers-in-arms of the deceased peacekeepers,” MINUSMA Head of Mission El-Ghassim Wane said. “This is another tragic illustration of the complexity of our operational environment and the sacrifices made by the international community for peace in Mali,” he continued.

Mali is fighting an 11-year-old insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives and forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.

MINUSMA, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, was established in 2013. With over 13,500 military and police personnel, it is one of the largest but also most dangerous UN peacekeeping missions, with a high toll from IEDs.

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In a report issued in January, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that 165 peacekeepers had died and 687 had been injured in hostile acts since July 2013. Up to the date of the report, the force had recorded 548 IED attacks, claiming 103 lives and injuring 638 MINUSMA personnel.

He cited obstacles such as the country’s size, the state of its roads, and the force’s lack of a combat mandate and resources. He also mentioned the withdrawal of French soldiers and their European allies, as well as the military junta’s restrictions on the UN mission’s movements.

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