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After Ouagadougou, suspected jihadists target United Nations mission in Timbuktu

After Ouagadougou, suspected jihadists target United Nations mission in Timbuktu

The U.N. says that unidentified gunmen attacked the U.N. headquarters in Timbuktu, Mali, killing security guards and at least one U.N. peacekeeper.

Again there was a terrorist attack in Mali. "The peacekeepers have responded and two assailants have been killed", the UN Mission added.

We mourn the loss of a United Nations peacekeeper killed in Mali earlier this morning while serving with our Mission des.

The council members underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under worldwide law.

The UN mission called it a "terrorist attack" and said it would not stop its "support of Mali and its people in order to contribute to the achievement of lasting peace and stability".

The Council members expressed their solidarity with Burkina Faso in its fight against terrorism and stressed the need to intensify regional and worldwide efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism, which may be conducive to terrorism.

A first group of assailants fired at a MINUSMA camp from an adjacent hill.

The violence follows an attack earlier Monday in which armed men opened fire on United Nations peacekeepers and Malian troops in the central Malian town of Douentza.

Another armed group shot at peacekeepers in a neighbouring camp who also returned fire, the mission said, and two attackers were killed in the exchanges. Suspected jihadists attacked a restaurant in neighboring Burkina Faso Sunday, killing 18 people.

The UN Secretary-General also condemned the attack in Ouagadougou, stressing that there can be no justification for such acts of indiscriminate violence.

The peacekeeping mission in Mali, where over 100 peacekeepers have been killed so far, is considered the deadliest of the UN's 16 global peacekeeping operations.