At Least Seven Dead In Attacks On UN In Africa

Again there was a terrorist attack in Mali.

"Today, around 5:30 am, the MINUSMA camps in Douenza, Mopti region, have been the target of an attack coordinated by unidentified gunmen", the UN Mission said in a statement in French.

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

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday condemned the attacks against the camps of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

The council members underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under global law.

Several terror groups are active in northern Mali, where French, Malian and United Nations peacekeepers are conducting counter-terrorism operations. They reiterated their strong support for the special representative of the United Nations secretary-general for Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, and for Minusma to assist the Malian authorities and the Malian people in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country. Suspected jihadists attacked a restaurant in neighboring Burkina Faso Sunday, killing 18 people. The force was created to tackle the threat of terrorism and transnational organized crime.

The UN mission said two attackers were killed in the exchanges.

"He also reaffirms the Organization's commitment to the countries of the G5 Sahel as they scale up efforts to tackle multiple security challenges in order to promote peace and development in the sub-region", said his Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

The five African countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger agreed in February to establish a multinational military force (G5 Sahel Joint Force) to fight Islamist militants in the Sahel region.