Comment by the Information and Press Department on a terrorist attack against a military camp in Mali
A terrorist attack on March 19 by the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM) against a camp of the Mali armed forces near the village of Tarkint, Gao Region, left 29 Malian soldiers dead and five wounded, making it the worst attack on the country’s service members in 2020. GSIM leaders called the attack “retribution” for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission (MINUSMA) and the Operation Barkhane French force’s presence in Mali.
We strongly condemn the latest crime committed by terrorist forces in an attempt to destabilise the situation in Mali and to undermine the efforts of that country’s government to implement the Algerian-brokered 2015 Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation. The ongoing challenging security situation in Mali calls for continued effective international support for the Malian government’s stabilisation efforts.
We express our condolences and sympathy to the surviving families and friends, wish a speedy recovery to the victims of this crime and reaffirm our continued support for the leadership and people of Mali in their fight against the terrorist threat.