Chinese peacekeeper in Mali killed in attack: embassy

Source: XinhuaEditor: Zhang Tao
2016-06-01 16:40

DAKAR, June 1 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese member of a United Nations mission in Mali was killed and four other Chinese peacekeepers were injured in a mortar or rocket attack, China's Embassy in Mali said Wednesday.

The Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said Tuesday in a statement that "this evening at approximately 20:45 pm, the MINUSMA camp in the Water Tower neighborhood of Gao was the target of an attack by mortars or rockets."

Previous reports said one blue helmet was killed and three blue helmets were grievously wounded, while more than 10 members of MINUSMA including civilians were lightly wounded and have received the necessary medical care, it said.

The statement said part of container houses were destroyed during the attack and property damage is under evaluation.

The MINUSMA has dispatched helicopters to carry out air guarding and a rapid reaction force to patrol in the city.

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