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UN chief urged the Malian authorities to punish the murderers of peacekeepers

UN chief Antonio Guterres urged the Malian authorities to make every effort to identify and bring to justice the killers of two peacekeepers in the country, the statement of the official representative of the Secretary General Stefan Dujarric.

Two members of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed on Saturday in an armed attack in the North-East of the country. It was reported that a convoy of supplies was attacked near the village Torkent, located to the North-East of the city of Gao.

According to Dujarric, Guterres has strongly condemned the attack on the peacekeepers.

"The Secretary-General recalls that attacks on UN peacekeepers can, under international law, constitute a war crime. It calls on the Malian authorities to make every effort to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this heinous crime," the statement reads Dujarric.

Mission MINUSMA was established in April 2013 to carry out a special task in the field of security in Mali. By October 2018 the number of missions exceeded 15 thousand people.