UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Tuesday strongly condemned a deadly attack against UN peacekeepers in Mali, which caused four deaths and some severe injuries.
"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack by an explosive device, 30 km North of Kidal, Mali, on Sept. 2, 2014, in which four Chadian peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed and other peacekeepers were injured," said a press statement issued here by the 15-nation body.
The incident occurred when a vehicle of MINUSMA hit a landmine while carrying peacekeepers who were leaving the country's northern city of Aguelhok, where they accomplished peacekeeping missions.
According to MINUSMA, all the dead and injured are Chadian nationals, and six of the injured are in critical condition.
In the press statement, the Security Council members expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the peacekeepers killed, as well as to the government and people of Chad and MINUSMA.
The Council also called on the government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice, stressing that those responsible for the attack shall be held accountable.
"The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed," said the statement.
"The members of the Security Council reiterated their support for MINUSMA to assist the Malian authorities and the Malian people in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country," it added.
Since a military coup struck Mali in March 2012, its northern region has served as a stronghold of the rebels.
The security situation in the region worsened after Malian Prime Minister Moussa Mara's visit to the northern city of Kidal in May, which triggered conflicts between local armed forces and the military.