15 OCTOBER 2014


The United Nations Staff Union and its Committee on the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service express their alarm and concern at the unrelenting attacks against United Nations peacekeepers in Mali.

On 3 October, nine peacekeepers from Niger serving with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed when their convoy was ambushed in the north-eastern Gao region.

This year, 26 African peacekeepers paid the ultimate sacrifice:

  • On 11 June, a car bomb attack on the MINUSMA camp in Aguelhok, Kidal Region, northern Mali, resulted in the death of four peacekeepers from Chad and injuries to six others.
  • On 20 June, one MINUSMA peacekeeper from Burkina Faso was killed and six others injured when their vehicle stroke an improvised explosive device about 30 km west of Timbuktu, northern Mali.
  • On 16 August, two MINUSMA peacekeepers from Burkina Faso were killed and seven others wounded in a suicide attack in Ber, Timbuktu region.
  • On 2 September, four Chadian peacekeepers were killed and 14 others injured in an attack by an explosive device on a MINUSMA vehicle on a road north of Kidal.
  • On 14 September, an attack on a MINUSMA military vehicle resulted in the death of a Chadian peacekeeper and the wounding of four others in the vicinity of Aguelhok.
  • On 18 September, five Chadian peacekeepers were killed and three others injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling was hit by an explosive device in the vicinity of Aguelhok.

In addition, three Senegalese peacekeepers were injured on 13 May when their vehicle hit a landmine near the MINUSMA base in Kidal, and nine Chadian peacekeepers were seriously injured on 28 August when an improvised explosive device exploded under a MINUSMA vehicle in Kidal. Thirty peacekeepers have been killed and 90 wounded since the inception of the Mission on 1 July 2013.

The Staff Union and the Committee call on all parties and the Secretary-General to take all possible measures to improve the security of MINUSMA staff. Those blatant attacks must stop and those responsible must be brought to justice.

The Committee, on behalf of all its members, extends its heartfelt sympathy to the families and colleagues of the victims.