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UN chief slams attack on mission in Mali
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday condemned an attack on the UN mission in Mali, which killed four peacekeepers and injured 15 others.
In a statement issued here by his spokesperson, Ban said he is "deeply saddened" by the deaths of four Chadian peacekeepers following an attack by an explosive device on a vehicle of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) that wounded 15 other peacekeepers, including six seriously.
The incident took place when the vehicle was hit by landmines on a road north of Kidal in Northern Mali earlier in the day. The region has served as the stronghold of the rebels since the country's military coup in March 2012.
In the statement, Ban condemned this incident which is the latest in a series of attacks against UN personnel and contractors in the Kidal Region in the past week, including repeated mortar fire against the MINUSMA camp and another improvised explosive device (IED) attack against a MINUSMA vehicle that wounded nine Chadian peacekeepers on Aug. 29.
"These attacks will not alter the determination of the world organization to support the Malian people in their search for peace," said the statement.
The UN chief also expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the peacekeepers who were killed and also to the government of Chad, while wishing a full and speedy recovery to those injured.
[Source: Xinhua, United Nations, 02Sep14]
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