3 UN peacekeepers killed in Northern Mali explosion between Tessalit and Aguelhok

- 3 UN peacekeepers killed in Northern Mali explosion between Tessalit and Aguelhok.

- Their car struck an explosive device or landmine.

- UN condemns the perpetrators of the crime.
According to United Nations officials, at least three peacekeepers have been killed and two others wounded in Northern Mali after their vehicle incidentally struck an explosive device.

A statement by the United Nations mission
in Mali (MINUSMA) said the two wounded peacekeepers were brought to the city of Kidal for treatment. 

"I condemn in strongest terms such abject acts, whose only objective is to destabilise the country and harm the peace process under way in Mali," Koen Davidese, interim chief of mission, said.

He said the UN mission is "determined" to pursue all efforts to bring peace to the country.

Such a deadly attack, Davidse said, could be considered as an international war crime.

In a post on social media, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, undersecretary-general for UN peacekeeping, expressed his "thoughts and compassion" to the victims, their families and colleagues.

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