Our website use cookies to improve and personalize your experience and to display advertisements(if any). Our website may also include cookies from third parties like Google Adsense, Google Analytics, Youtube. By using the website, you consent to the use of cookies. We have updated our Privacy Policy. Please click on the button to check our Privacy Policy.
U.N. peacekeepers deployed to northeastern Mali amid spate of killings

U.N. peacekeepers deployed to northeastern Mali amid spate of killings

PAUL LORGERIE THE United Nations peacekeeping force in Mali has deployed two units to the African country's tri-border area with Burkina Faso and Niger to respond to a spate of civilian killings, it said. A surge in attacks since early March by an Islamic State affiliate has left hundreds of civilians dead, according to official and military sources. The region has long been a hotspot of jihadist and militia violence in West Africa. "The security situation in the Tri-border area... particularly in the localities of Tessit, Talataye, Ansongo and the Menaka region, has deteriorated considerably in recent weeks," said the…
Read More
U.N. mission in Mali grounds flights amid sanctions restrictions

U.N. mission in Mali grounds flights amid sanctions restrictions

THE United Nations' peacekeeping mission in Mali has grounded its flights amid discussions over sanctions that have shut air and land borders to the West African country. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the regional monetary union sanctioned Mali last week after its interim government, installed in the wake of coups in 2020 and 2021, proposed delaying planned elections by up to four years. "MINUSMA has to temporarily suspend all flights. We are in discussion with our Malian partners on the new mechanism for approving MINUSMA flights," a spokesperson said, adding that he expected a resolution "very…
Read More
No justice for victims of 2020 Mali protests, coup

No justice for victims of 2020 Mali protests, coup

ALISON KENTISH IT has been about a year since anti-government demonstrations and a coup in Mali, which saw 18 people, including a 12-year-old boy being killed. But there has been no justice for the families of those injured and killed by defence and security forces during last year’s May to August protests. Amnesty International released the findings of a report into injuries and fatalities that occurred titled “Killed, wounded, and forgotten? Accountability for the killings during demonstrations and the coup in Mali”. Following field and remote interviews with victims’ families, civil society representatives, journalists and members of the judiciary, it…
Read More
U.N. says four peacekeepers killed in north Mali attack

U.N. says four peacekeepers killed in north Mali attack

FOUR peacekeepers were killed and several others injured in an attack on the United Nation’s base in the northern town of Aguelhok, the UN has announced. Peacekeepers repelled the attack, carried out by several "heavily armed terrorists", a U.N. mission statement said, adding that a number of attackers were killed. Islamist insurgents are active in northern Mali. "A provisional toll shows four peacekeepers dead and wounded. Helicopters were dispatched to the scene to evacuate the wounded," the statement said. The U.N. mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, has deployed over 13,000 troops to contain violence by armed groups in the…
Read More
20 U.N. peacekeepers injured in Mali

20 U.N. peacekeepers injured in Mali

TWENTY United Nations peacekeepers were injured, including several seriously, in central Mali yesterday when their base came under fire, a U.N. mission spokesman said. The base near the town of Douentza was attacked, a spokesman for the MINUSMA mission, Olivier Salgado, told Reuters. He did not say who was responsible. Islamist militant groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic States regularly attack U.N. peacekeepers and Malian soldiers in the area. "The MINUSMA chief firmly condemns the attack and has ordered that all measures be taken to treat the wounded," Salgado said. Deployed since 2013, the U.N. currently has over 14,000…
Read More
Four U.N. peacekeepers killed in Mmali

Four U.N. peacekeepers killed in Mmali

FOUR United Nations peacekeepers were killed and five wounded in central Mali after a convoy struck an explosive device and came under fire, the U.N. said. It was not clear who carried out the attack about 20 km (12 miles) north of the town of Bambara-Maoudé in the Timbuktu region. Islamist groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State operate in the region and have made much of the West African country ungovernable. The U.N. mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, said in a statement on Wednesday that three peacekeepers had been killed and six wounded in the attack. A…
Read More