Suspected Boko Haram Insurgents Kill UN Peacekeepers In Mali
Jan. 14, 2021
Three United Nations peacekeepers were killed by a suspected terrorists attack, as six others sustained injuries in Northern Mali. The attack was carried out on Wednesday evening.
The attack by the suspected Boko Haram insurgents happened just hours before the United Nations top officials in Mali showed their optimism that the new put roadmap would help the country to achieve peaceful elections scheduled for March 2022.
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali noted that the vehicle that was carrying the peacekeepers struck an improvised explosive device. Then this was followed by an attack by unknown armed gunmen.
The incident is reported to have happened at Timbuktu region. The official from the Ivory Coast army chief staff, Gen Lassina Doumbia, confirmed that the trio who lost their lives were of the Ivory Coast origin.
The United Nations peacekeeping mission have been in Mali for seven years, since 2013. This was a reaction by the United Nations after the Boko Haram terrorists took control of major towns in the north.
There has been operations carried out under the coordination of the French soldiers against the Boko Haram terrorists. The Boko Haram terrorists however, have come up with a new tactic.
They have regrouped in the remote parts of Mali, expanded their territories and most of the times, they carry out their attacks against the United Nations officials and Malian government officers from their hideouts.
Since the start of the operation on 2013, the data have it that close to 231 United Nation' s peacekeepers have been killed by the suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
In August last year, the Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was overthrown from the country' s leadership by the military junta. The International community put pressure on the junta.
As a result, the junta appointed a civilian- led government. This was to be a temporary government to rule the country for 18 months before an official election is held.
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