Two police officers from the United Nations mission in Mali (Minusma), including a woman, were killed on Friday December 16 in an attack on their patrol in Timbuktu (north), the mission announced on Twitter.
“Deeply shocked by the murder this afternoon, in Timbuktu, by an unidentified armed individual, of two of our police officers, including a woman, while they were on patrol”, said on Twitter El-Ghassim Wane, the head of Minusma. Four other peacekeepers were injured, one seriously, according to the mission and the head of Minusma.
Target of jihadists
Otherwise, “the assailants in their flight came across a patrol of the Malian armed forces (Fama). After the exchange of fire, an assailant was killed. Fama side, there is a dead and a slightly injured who left the hospital “said Bakoun Kanté, governor of Timbuktu, who ensures that the situation is now under control.
A ceremony for the festival of living together was organized Friday in Timbuktu, at the monument of Peace, chaired by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mossa Ag Attaher. “We had a brief opening ceremony and the officials, including the sports minister, retired”said Bakoun Kante.
Minusma sent about 30 minutes after the attack “a ground rapid reaction force on the scene”, told AFP an official of the UN mission in Timbuktu. The Minusma is, with the Malian forces, one of the main targets of the jihadists who target the foreign presence and the symbols of the State. Minusma, with around 12,000 soldiers deployed in Mali, is the UN mission that has suffered the most losses in the world in recent years.
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