(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated on the road to
Timbuktu, Mali, on Monday morning injured three UN peacekeepers, a
UN spokesman said, trend reports citing xinhua .
'The UN condemns the attack and wish the peacekeepers a speedy
recovery,' said Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesman for UN
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The peacekeepers assigned to
the UN mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, were in a convoy close to
Douentza town in the Mopti region.
The mission, suffering a high rate of casualties, is also beset
by mainly Western countries withdrawing their forces from
The spokesman said UN headquarters is aware of withdrawals and
some speculation about them in recent days.
'For some of the countries, this is something that has been
discussed for a while, and the date of deployments was already
planned,' he said. 'For others, it's clear, of course, that Mali
has very particular security challenges. We appreciate the
sacrifices people have made because so many peacekeepers have lost
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