Today, at around 11:30 a.m., a convoy of civilian MINUSMA contractors was once again attacked by assailants 30 kilometers west of Gao.
Preliminary reports indicate that at least one driver was assassinated and that his truck was burned afterwards.
MINUSMA immediately sent a patrol to the site.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of MINUSMA, Mr. Mongi Hamdi, strongly condemns this new attack. “I am outraged by these heinous crimes against innocent civilians. We will readjust our security measures to prevent criminal acts like this from happening again. MINUSMA cannot tolerate them,” he said.
“I also call on the Malian security forces to reinforce their own security measures, particularly on this axis. The perpetrators have to be arrested quickly and be brought to justice,” he added.