Attack against MINUSMA this morning in Kidal
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Mali and Head of MINUSMA, Mr. Mongi Hamdi, is afflicted by the death of two peacekeepers and one MINUSMA contractor in a mortar attack against the U.N. camp in Kidal around 4:00 a.m. today; 20 others were wounded in the attack, including four seriously. MINUSMA is conducting medical evacuations while strengthening its security apparatus.
The SRSG condemns in the strongest terms this attack against the United Nations personnel and contractors in Mali.
“I want to reiterate that these attacks will not impede the determination of the United Nations to support the Malian people and the peace process, including through assisting the implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali”, he said.
"MINUSMA continues to strengthen measures against such threats to protect the Malian people and the UN personnel. I express my solidarity and salute the brave men and women serving MINUSMA throughout the country for their efforts to bringing lasting peace to Mali in these difficult conditions. MINUSMA and its partners are doing their utmost to put an end to such crimes and hold accountable those responsible for these cowardly attacks," he added.
The SRSG expresses his sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wish a full and speedy recovery to all injured.