BAMAKO ATTACK: MINUSMA WORKING ALONGSIDE MALIAN DEFENSE AND SECURITY FORCES
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali (SRSG) and Head of MINUSMA, Mr. Mongi Hamdi, commends the professionalism of the Malian Defense and Security Forces (MDSF), in the aftermath of the terrorist attack against a Bamako hotel on 20 November 2015, and expresses his gratitude to countries having provided support during the crisis.
"I also extend my great appreciation to the various divisions of MINUSMA who mobilized alongside their Malian and international partners," he said.
"On the morning of 20 November, shortly after having been informed of this despicable terrorist attack, I ordered the establishment and immediate deployment to the site of a security force composed of elements from our UN security and safety section, our Quick Reaction Force and police specialists*. Supporting this team was a first-aid cell providing medical care to the injured and psychological support to evacuees, " Mr. Mongi Hamdi said.
MINUSMA also deployed onsite ambulances and firetrucks.
"I am impressed by the good coordination with the Malian Defense and Security Forces. I want to renew my appreciation to our police officers from UNPOL, to the UN Security personnel, and to all firefighters and rescuers who have joined forces with our Malian and international partners with a great deal of passion and professionalism. I finally salute the composure and courage of hotel guests and staff who had to overcome this ordeal,” the Special Representative the Secretary-General added.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, the Security Council and SRSG Hamdi had all previously condemned the heinous terrorist attack in which at least 22 people have been killed - including two attackers - and dozens injured, including 6 seriously wounded.
The United Nations Police (UNPOL) is now providing support and technical expertise to the ongoing investigation.
MINUSMA extends its sincere condolences to the bereaved families, to the peoples and Governments of the countries affected by this tragedy, and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.
MINUSMA strongly condemns any action aiming to jeopardize the Peace Process and remains committed to support the people and Government of Mali in their efforts to bring back lasting peace to the country.
* United Nations personnel involved on site during the crisis:
45 Police Officers from UNPOL (UN Police)
14 UN Security Officers