African news. 2 UN peacekeepers from Nigeria killed Mali. Two UN peacekeepers from Nigeria were killed and four other wound in an attack on a peace patrol in the town of Timbuktu in northern Mali, the United Nations said.
A UN Security Council said a member of Mali’s security forces was also killed in the attack.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said one of the peacekeepers killed was a woman and UN Secretary-General strongly condemned the attack.
The council stressed that it’s involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring, or conducting attacks targeting UN peacekeepers may constitute war crimes.
What is the situation in Mali?
Mali has been in a state of turmoil since a 2012 uprising when soldiers overthrew the president. The power vacuum that resulted led to a jihadist insurgency and a French-led war that ousted the Jihadist from power in 2013.
Insurgency remain active in Mali and extremist group affiliated with Al-Qaida and the Islamic state group have moved from the arid north to more populated central Mali since 2015.
This spurred animosity and violence between ethnic groups in the region.