UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) says this attack was the fifth incident in the northern Kidal region in one week.
The U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the attack and sent his deepest condolences to the families of the peacekeepers and the government and people of Jordan, Dujarric tweeted.
Malian President Boubacar Ibrahim Keita, who had died in January, was deposed in August 2020 in a coup led by Assimi Goita, then an army colonel. After carrying out his second coup in nine months, Goita was inaugurated in as president of a transitional government last June.
While Mali's junta initially agreed to an 18-month transition back to civilian rule, it failed to organize elections by the deadline in February. Last month, the government said it would need two more years in power before it could organize a vote.
The U.N. force has said more than 250 of its peacekeepers and personnel have died since 2013, making Mali the deadliest of the U.N.'s dozen peacekeeping missions worldwide.
MINUSMA leader El-Ghassim Wane issued a statement saying "I am very saddened. This incident is a tragic reminder of the difficult operating environment & the sacrifices made by us,"