Press releases

  • 18 Apr 2015 - Yesterday evening around 7 pm., a convoy of MINUSMA contractors was attacked by two assailants 15 kilometers west of Gao.   The assailants stopped the convoy and immediately killed the two drivers and subsequently set the trucks on fire.   The other members of the group of contractors, of whom one was injured by bullets, managed to escape. Several contractors have been interviewed in light of the ongoing investigation.  
  • 15 Apr 2015 - At around 11:30 a.m. today, a suicide vehicle exploded at the entrance to the MINUSMA camp in Ansongo, in the Gao region, as it tried to enter.   The attack injured nine peacekeepers from the contingent of Niger, two of them seriously.   The explosion also killed at least three civilians and injured seven others. Medical evacuations are underway.  
  • 10 Apr 2015 - The members of the Security Council heard a briefing on Mali by the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr Hervé Ladsous, on 9 April 2015.
  • 07 Apr 2015 - Bamako, April 7, 2015 – Yesterday, Monday late afternoon, a MINUSMA vehicle hit a mine about 30 km from Kidal on the way towards Gao. The vehicle was escorting a convoy of contractors. Two peacekeepers got injured in the explosion, of which one seriously. The 2 peacekeepers were immediately evacuated to Gao, to receive appropriate medical care.  
  • 05 Apr 2015 - Bamako, April 5, 2015 - Around 6:00 this morning, at least three rockets were fired on the city of Gao. Preliminary reports indicate that one of the rockets hit a house, killing a women and injuring two civilians. They are currently being treated in the hospital of Gao.   
  • 04 Apr 2015 - Algiers, 4 April 2015 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Mr. Mongi Hamdi, has been in the Algerian capital since yesterday to consult with the Foreign Minister of Algeria, H.E. Ramtane Lamamra, who leads the mediation team, and with a delegation of the Coordination, with a view to having the Coordination initial the Peace Agreement as soon as possible.
  • 31 Mar 2015 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of MINUSMA Mr. Mongi Hamdi, is deeply saddened by the killing of an employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Gao region. During the attack another ICRC employee got injured.   
  • 20 Mar 2015 - Bamako/Geneva - 20 March 2015 :  The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and the Office of the High-Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) publish Friday their first joint public report on the situation of human rights in Mali. The report documents  gross violations and abuses of international human rights and international humanitarian law committed in Mali between 1 November 2013 and 31 May 2014.   
  • 17 Mar 2015 - At around 1 p.m. today, an Apache attack helicopter of MINUSMA had to make a hard landing about 42 kilometres north of Gao (in northern Mali). The two crew members lost their lives in this accident, which took place during an exercise conducted by MINUSMA’s Dutch contingent in this area.   A medical team was immediately deployed to the site of the accident, but was not able to save the helicopter’s crew.  


    10 Mar 2015 - Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of MINUSMA Meets President of Niger