Mali: two UN peacekeepers seriously injured in an explosion

UN peacekeepers from the Niger contingent on patrol in Menaka, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino

22 August 2015 – The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) today condemned the use of landmines or explosive ordnance, which gravely injured this morning two of its peacekeepers.

“The MINUSMA strongly condemns such acts, aimed at paralyzing its operations in Mali and which indiscriminately affects UN personnel or innocent civilians,” stated a press release issued by the Mission.

A MINUSMA vehicle escorting a logistics convoy hit a mine or an explosive device on the axis Ansong–Menaka, about 70 kilometers east of Ansongo, says the Mission. The blast destroyed the vehicle and seriously injured two MINUSMA soldiers who are currently evacuated.

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