UN spokesperson said seven peacekeepers traveling in a convoy were injured in an attack on Friday, following an attack on Wednesday that injured eight. In both attacks, the peacekeepers’ vehicles hit improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Friday’s explosion marked the fourth such incident involving an IED since the convoy’s departure from the UN base in Kidal on Tuesday, UN official added.
The junta, having ousted the president in 2021, demanded the near 15,000-strong UN force leave in June. Since its inception in 2013, UN’s mission in Mali has been one of the deadliest UN peacekeeping missions globally, having lost over 300 personnel.