Two UN peacekeepers were killed and 10 others wounded on Thursday (April 5) night during an attack on their camp in northeastern Mali, the UN's mission there said in a statement.
Two United Nations peacekeepers in Mali known as "blue helmets" were killed in clashes this week, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said Friday. "According to an initial assessment, two peacekeepers were killed while ten were injured, including some in serious condition, during the attack on a MINUSMA base today in Aguelhok, in the Kidal region", the report said.
The Secretary-General recalls that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under global law.
The UN Security Council ordered the peacekeeping mission in December to support the force with medical evacuations and logistical support, which Canada's helicopters will be set up to do.
"Those responsible for these killings should be held accountable", the 15-member Security Council said, and urged all United Nations member states "to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard".
Canada's decision to send military helicopters to Mali has coincided with a major review of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, the results of which are expected in the coming weeks. To date, 160 peacekeepers have died there.