Not less than 13 civilians have been confirmed killed and many others injured by Islamist jihadists attack during Eid celebration in south-eastern Mali.
The attack which occurred in Gao province left several people with varying degrees of injuries coincided with Eid celebrations, but it’s not immediately clear if that timing was intentional.
The attack happened on Wednesday, just days ahead of a vote scheduled for Friday at the UN Security Council which is expected to approve Mali’s request for UN peacekeepers to withdraw from the country.
A draft resolution drawn up by France suggests that all personnel are withdrawn within six months.
The withdrawal of the mission, known as Minusma, would come after years of tensions between the UN and Mali’s military junta.
Analysts especially from the West insists that the security situation could deteriorate, leaving the Russian mercenary group Wagner to combat Islamist militants who control parts of the country.
However a local journalist Mohamed Golfa in Mali capital, Bamako, believes that many in Mali agree with the transitional government that the UN peacekeepers aren’t doing a good enough job.