WASHINGTON — At least four United Nations peacekeepers were killed by a car bomb in the northern city of Aguelhoc in Mali this past Wednesday. Several sources said that the dead were peacekeepers from neighboring Chad, while another said that some were Mali’s own troops.
Reuters reported that one of their sources within the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali said, “The provisional toll is four dead and four injured and some if not all are blue helmets. But we are continuing to verify this information.”
No immediate statement was available from the U.N. mission, which is known as MINUSMA, and no one claimed responsibility for the car bombing attack.
Mali is being monitored by peacekeepers after nearly falling to both Tuareg and al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamist militants in 2012, which was summarily crushed by an intervention of French military forces. France quickly pulled out of the country to avoid heavy casualties and prolonged fighting, passing the responsibility to the U.N. mission. However, the militants are re-emerging from their northern strongholds and are to blame for several attacks since the major fighting ended.