Four SL peacekeepers injured in IED attack in Mali: UN | Sri Lanka News

Four UN peacekeepers from Sri Lanka have been injured in a detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED) in Mali, United Nations Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said.

He said the peacekeepers were injured on Sunday when an armoured vehicle providing security to a logistics convoy hit an improvised explosive device (IED) about 12 kilometres north-west of the UN camp in Tessalit, in the Kidal region.

“The peacekeepers suffered minor injuries and received medical treatment immediately,” he said.

The UN spokesman said about 40 minutes after the incident, a search of the surrounding area discovered a second improvised explosive device, which was successfully detonated. 

“Earlier in the day, the Mission detonated another IED discovered some 23kms north-west of the Tessalit camp in a different location.
He further said that attack on the peacekeepers was indicative of the continuing violence in Mali.

The UN staff union reported earlier this year that the MINUSMA mission was the most deadly of any world body assignment for the ninth year, with 14 personnel killed in 2022. (Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

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