Machine gun attack on UN Mali base in Timbuktu kills seven


Six assailants were killed in the attack, according to the statement. Islamist militants frequently target the United Nations mission in Mali.

At least seven people were killed and seven more wounded during two attacks on a United Nations base in Mali Monday, according to the United Nations.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and stressed that attacks targeting UN peacekeepers "may constitute war crimes under worldwide law", UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.

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He praised the "the important efforts" that Mali and four neighbouring countries are making to combat terrorism and violent extremism and promote peace in the region.

Five MINUSMA security guards, one member of the Mali National Police and one civilian contractor working for MINUSMA were killed during the attack.

A Malian military source, confirming the attack, said reinforcements had been sent to bolster security in the town, he added.

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The mission, known as MINUSMA, said it dispatched a quick reaction force and attack helicopters to secure the Timbuktu headquarters.

More than 100 members of the force have been killed. Suspected jihadists attacked a restaurant in neighboring Burkina Faso Sunday, killing 18 people.

The council members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to global peace and security, urging all states to combat terrorism by all means. "This is a terrorist attack", Communications Minister Remi Dandjinou said of the attack during a conference on Monday.

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The Group of Five (G5) countries - Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger -have deployed a joint force to tackle the threat of terrorism, as well as the serious challenges posed by transnational organized crime in Africa's restive Sahel region.