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Three blue helmets in Mali injured in explosion of improvised explosive device: UN

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  An improvised explosive device IED detonated on the road to Timbuktu Mali on Monday morning injured three UN peacekeepers a UN spokesman said The UN condemns the attack and wishes the peacekeepers a speedy recovery said Farhan Haq deputy spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Blue helmets assigned to the UN mission in Mali known as MINUSMA were in a convoy near the town of Douentza in the Mopti region The mission which suffers a high casualty rate is also harassed mainly by Western countries withdrawing their forces from MINUSMA The spokesman said that the UN headquarters is aware of the 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 timing of the deployments was already planned he said For others it is clear of course that Mali has very particular security challenges We appreciate the sacrifices that people have made because so many peacekeepers have lost their lives So we understand your concerns Haq said adding that MINUSMA is assessing the impact of the withdrawals and planned withdrawals on our operations and we are already in discussions with several countries to fill any gaps Xinhua
Three blue helmets in Mali injured in explosion of improvised explosive device: UN

Farhan Haq

– An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated on the road to Timbuktu, Mali, on Monday morning injured three UN peacekeepers, a UN spokesman said.

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“The UN condemns the attack and wishes the peacekeepers a speedy recovery,” said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Blue helmets assigned to the UN mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, were in a convoy near the town of Douentza, in the Mopti region.

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The mission, which suffers a high casualty rate, is also harassed mainly by Western countries withdrawing their forces from MINUSMA.

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The spokesman said that the UN headquarters is aware of the 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 timing of the deployments was already planned,” he said. “For others, it is clear, of course, that Mali has very particular security challenges. We appreciate the sacrifices that people have made because so many peacekeepers have lost their lives.”

“So we understand your concerns,” Haq said, adding that MINUSMA “is assessing the impact of the withdrawals and planned withdrawals on our operations, and we are already in discussions with several countries to fill any gaps.” ■

(Xinhua)

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