Car Bomb Wounds At Least 13 UN Peacekeepers In Mali

Car Bomb Wounds At Least 13 UN Peacekeepers In Mali

The UN says a car bomb targeted a temporary peacekeeper base near Tarkint in the northeastern region of Gao.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

The UN’s peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, said on Twitter that the wounded soldiers were evacuated following the incident that targeted a temporary base near Tarkint in the northeastern region of Gao.

A UN mission spokesperson later said 12 of the wounded were German, and one was Belgian. The mission had earlier said that 15 peacekeepers were wounded but revised that number downward.

In a public statement, the German Defence Minister also said that 12 of the peacekeepers were German and that three were seriously injured.

Two of the three were in stable condition, she said, while one has undergone surgery. All of the wounded have been evacuated by helicopter, Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer added.

MINUSMA is regarded as one of the deadliest missions in UN peacekeeping history. According to UN statistics, more than 130 of its personnel have been killed since July 2013, including six this year.

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