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Nine peacekeepers injured, three civilians killed and seven wounded in a suicide attack in Ansongo

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Today at 11:30, while attempting to enter, a suicide car exploded at the entrance of the MINUSMA camp in Ansongo, Gao region.

In the attack nine peacekeepers were injured of which two seriously.

Furthermore, at least three civilians were killed in the explosion and seven were wounded. Medical evacuations are underway.

The Special Representative and Head of MINUSMA Mr. Mongi Hamdi, condemns this attack in the strongest terms "cowardly and heinous. I am shocked that valiant peacekeepers as well as innocent civilians were targeted in an attack once again. This attack will not deter MINUSMA in its mission to restore peace and security in Mali. "

On behalf of the Mission M. Hamdi extends its condolences to the bereaved families and to the people and Government of Mali and wishes a speedy recovery to the wounded.