BAMAKO, 15 January 2021 – A fourth United Nations peacekeeper has died of his injuries in Mali after their convoy hit an improvised explosive device.
In addition to the four fatalities, five other peacekeepers suffered injuries in the attack believed to have perpetrated by jihadist fighters.
The peacekeepers came under fire as they patrolled the town of Bambara-Maoude in the northern region of Timbuktu.
Jihadists have been operating in this region and other regions of Mali and other countries of the Sahel, making security patrols dangerous for government armed and security forces.
According to the United Nations, 231 peacekeepers have been killed in attacks by insurgents in Mali.