UN slams terrorist attack on Mali peacekeeping mission

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-24 13:34:48|Editor: Zhou Xin
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UNITED NATIONS, May 24 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Tuesday condemned "in the strongest terms" a terrorist attack that killed two Chadian peacekeepers in Mali.

"The members of the Security Council called on the government of Mali to swiftly investigate these attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice,"said the 15-nation council in a unanimous statement.

While expressing concern about the security situation in Mali, the Security Council urged Malian parties to fully implement their peace agreement without further delay.

The two peacekeepers were killed in an ambush against the mission, known as MINUSMA, 5 km from Aguelhok in Mali's northeastern Kidal region on Tuesday morning, said the United Nations.

Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims, a new alliance of al-Qaida, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also slammed the attack, saying the "attacks against MINUSMA will not weaken the determination of the United Nations to support the implementation of the peace agreement."

Mali has suffered instability for years and the country's peace process has been slow and fragile.

MINUSMA, the most dangerous active UN mission, is tasked to support and monitor the implementation of a peace deal in Mali. It has become a frequent target of terrorist attacks.

Earlier this month, an attack against MINUSMA killed a Liberian peacekeeper and injured several others.

Mahamat Saleh Annadif, head of MINUSMA, said the current wave of indiscriminate attacks against civilians, Malian forces and international forces over the past few weeks were aimed to undermine efforts for the peace and stability of Mali.