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3 Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers wounded in IED attack in Mali

Published: 13:20, 30 May 2023

Update: 13:20, 30 May 2023

3 Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers wounded in IED attack in Mali

Three Bangladeshi peacekeepers were injured when a motorcade of a patrol team under Bangladesh Formed Police Unit (BANFPU-2) came under attack by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Mali on Sunday morning.

The armoured personnel carrier (APC), which was carrying the policemen, was also damaged in the incident, says a press release issued from Police Headquarters in Dhaka on Monday evening.

However, the police headquarters did not disclose the identities of the three injured Bangladeshi police peacekeepers.

The attack took place at around 9:30am local time on Sunday on the patrol team assigned to the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission, the press release says.

As a result, three members of BANFPU-2, Minusma (The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali), Mali were injured and an APC carrying policemen was damaged in the incident, the press release added.

It is mentionable that the incident occurred when the patrol team of the BANFPU-2 reached the remote desert road along the mountains of Gundam-Tongka-Niaphungke Highway, some 15km off from the Gundam Super Camp in Mali's Timbuktu region. 

Several IED blasts have occurred in this area in the past.

Police peacekeepers on patrol duty spotted a suspicious hole in the middle of the road. The IED exploded as they maneuvered past the hole. Due to the intelligence of the police peacekeepers and the APCTs' capability to withstand the high-level explosions, they escaped from greater danger.

It is also to be noted that Minusma authorities have highly appreciated the members of BANFPU-2, Minusma, Mali as they have performed their peacekeeping duties with utmost professionalism and vigilance.