Surveillance camera footage has restored the deadly terrorist attack on the Gao camp of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on the night of May 31.
The footage shows the car, believed to be carrying a car bomb, rammed into the camp wall before self-burning. Just seconds later, a huge blast happened just when the cam stopped recording because of damages from the shockwaves.
One Chinese peacekeeper was killed and five others were injured in the atrocious act. The North African branch of Al-Qaeda had claimed responsibility for the attack.
The UN Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack and expressed deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the victim, as well as to the government of the People’s Republic of China and to MINUSMA.
It is learnt that the victim’s body is scheduled to be returned to China on June 9 and Chinese peacekeepers are currently working to resume order and life in the Gao camp in northern Mali.
The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali is the world body’s deadliest active mission. More than 60 of its personnel have died on active service since it was set up in 2013 following a rebellion in the country by ethnic Tuareg fighters alongside armed groups.China started contributing its peacekeepers to MINUSMA in 2013. Currently, nearly 400 Chinese peacekeepers are based in Gao, carrying out security, engineering and medical work.