Ten Chadian UN peacekeepers were killed and 25 wounded by gunmen in an attack on one of their bases in northern Mali on Sunday, AFP reported citing a source close to the UN force.
The identity of the attackers remains unclear.
The attack, which happened at the Aguelhok base in northern Mali early Sunday morning, was condemned by the UN’s spokesperson in Mali as “vile and criminal.”
“Peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) at Aguelhok fought off a sophisticated attack by assailants who arrived on several armed vehicles,” said Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the UN special representative for Mali in a statement.
“The cowardly attack illustrates the determination of the terrorists to sow chaos. It demands a robust, immediate and concerted response from all forces to destroy the peril of terrorism in the Sahel.”