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Cambodian peacekeeper injured in Mali

A convoy of MINUSMA vehicles drives through the streets of Menaka in northern Mali.
A convoy of MINUSMA vehicles drives through the streets of Menaka in northern Mali. UN/Marco Dormino

Cambodian peacekeeper injured in Mali

A Cambodian peacekeeper was injured Friday during one of two attacks in Mali by unidentified assailants that killed four UN peacekeepers and a member of the Mali armed forces, and injured 20 other peacekeepers.

Kosal Malinda, spokeswoman for Cambodia’s National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, yesterday identified the Cambodian peacekeeper as Mom Rithy, 35, who was injured by shrapnel when the forces were attacked in Indelimane in the Menaka region, in the country’s east.

A separate attack took place in the Mopti region of central Mali. Based on the report received by Cambodian officials, Rithy suffered light injuries when he was hit by debris on his arms and legs, she said. “Right now he’s in a . . . hospital being cared for by doctors,” she said. “So far, he’s very stable.”

The Cambodian peacekeeper had been in Mali for a year and a half, Malinda said. According to a Friday statement from his spokesperson, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ‘strongly condemns’ the ‘outrageous attacks’. “In Menaka region, MINUSMA [United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali] peacekeepers repelled an attack by unidentified assailants during a coordinated operation with the Malian armed forces, aimed at protecting civilians,” the statement reads.

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