UN peacekeeper, two civilians killed in Mali attack

UN peacekeepers patrol in Kidal

A United Nations peacekeeper from Togo and two Malian civilians were killed on Sunday in an attack that happened in Mopti, Mali, a UN spokesman said in a statement.

Seven peacekeepers from the UN Multidimensional Intergrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were injured in the attack, which occurred north of Douentza, in the Mopti region, said the statement.

The statement also conveyed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s condemnation of the attack “in the strongest terms”.

Ban called for the perpetrators of the attack to be brought to justice.

It is however not clear who the attackers were.

The MINUSMA, which was deployed in 2013 to support the political process and carry out security-related stabilization tasks, has become a frequent target of terrorist attacks in Mali.