Security Council condemns terrorist attacks on United Nations mission in Mali

A Malian military source, confirming the attack, said reinforcements had been sent to bolster security in the town, he added.

The United Nations says gunmen have attacked a U.N. peacekeeping base in the northern Mali city of Timbuktu, killing seven people.

Earlier Monday, gunmen attacked two neighboring United Nations camps in Douentza in the Mopti region of central Mali, killing a Malian soldier and a United Nations peacekeeper and lightly wounding another peacekeeper.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday condemned the attacks against the camps of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

The UN mission said that it had deployed a rapid response force with helicopters to the scene. The UN is looking into whether there was any connection between the two attacks.

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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.

"Turkey will continue to stand in solidarity with Mali which has become the target of terrorism in recent years and to support the efforts of the worldwide community through the United Nations to ensure a lasting peace and stability in the country", the statement added.

The Sahel region is facing increasing threats of terrorism. "This is a terrorist attack", Communications Minister Remi Dandjinou said of the attack during a conference on Monday.

"He also reaffirms the Organization's commitment to the countries of the G5 Sahel as they scale up efforts to tackle multiple security challenges in order to promote peace and development in the sub-region", said his Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

However, the militants have also spread to southern Mali, along the border with Burkina Faso.

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