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Six Chadian blue helmets killed in Mali (maj2)

(B2) A logistics convoy of the United Nations force in Mali, MINUSMA, was ambushed about 15 km north of Aguelhok, in the Kidal region, on Wednesday (May 18). The convoy “ hit an improvised explosive device "and was subsequently" attacked by an unidentified armed group ", according to communicated of MINUSMA. Assessment: six Chadian blue helmets killed (one of the very seriously injured wounded later died) and two people other injured.

This attack – like that in mid-February which cost the lives of seven Guinean soldiers – was claimed by the Ansar Dine group. Since the start of the peacekeeping operation in July 2013, more than 90 Minusma personnel have been killed, most of them Africans. The Chadians paid the heaviest price, now totaling 30 victims in their ranks (also read this article from Young Africa).

A 'Medevac' operation by Barkhane

The French from the Barkhane force participated in the rescue, sending two helicopters, a medicalized Puma and a Caracal, as well as an armed detachment to evacuate the wounded and secure the area. The injured were repatriated to the French medical post of Tessalit “where they were taken care of » announces the army general staff, before being entrusted to MINUSMA.

The EU supports MINUSMA

The spokesperson for the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs expressed “her condolences” to the families of the deceased soldiers, wishing a “ rapid recovery to injured soldiers » and reiterating his « full support for MINUSMA and the countries contributing troops to this operation » (1). For the European Union “ the terrorists have once again demonstrated their contempt for the will of the Malian people to live in peace ».


(1) Several EU member states — Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Rep. Czech — contribute to MINUSMA

(Updated Fri. May 20 and Sat. May 21) with the EU statement and details on the circumstances – Ansar Dine's claim, the number of Minusma victims.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).