BAMAKO, Mali — A automobile transporting a Pink Cross staff got here underneath a hail of gunfire in western Mali, killing a employee for the Dutch department and the automobile’s driver, the Malian and Dutch Pink Cross organizations stated Thursday.
Witnesses stated the gunmen had been using bikes after they shot on the automobile round 6 p.m. Wednesday close to Kayes, the help group stated, including that the automobile had been clearly marked with the group’s emblem. Two different staff survived the ambush.
“The Malian Pink Cross condemns with the utmost firmness this incident, which undermines the humanitarian mission geared toward weak populations,” the help group stated in a press release asserting the deaths.
“Disbelief and unhappiness,” the Dutch Pink Cross stated on Twitter. “Two Pink Cross assist staff have been killed in an armed assault in Mali. Certainly one of them was an worker of the Dutch Pink Cross. Our flag is at half mast. Help staff ought to by no means be the goal.”
A spokeswoman stated that the Dutch Pink Cross employee was not a Dutch citizen.
“That is horrible information and it touches us deeply. Initially, our ideas exit to the relations and everybody who knew the affected assist staff,” stated Marieke van Schaik, director of the Dutch Pink Cross.
There was no speedy declare of duty although jihadis are recognized to function within the neighborhood.
Mali has been battling an Islamic insurgency for a decade now, and far of the nation has lengthy been thought-about off-limits to Westerners for safety causes. Whereas the Kayes area has been much less dangerous than Mali’s north, there have been rising reviews of extremism spreading within the space linked to a bunch generally known as Katiba Macina.
Considerations about safety in Mali have solely deepened since former colonizer France introduced earlier this 12 months it’s withdrawing its troops from the nation after 9 years of serving to to combat extremists there. The nation’s army continues to be being aided by a big U.N. peacekeeping mission that comes underneath frequent assault from militants.
Mali is headed by Col. Assimi Goita, who led a 2020 coup that overthrew the nation’s democratically elected president. He drew additional worldwide condemnation when 9 months later, he ousted the nation’s civilian transitional leaders and had himself sworn in as president.
Related Press author Mike Corder in The Hague, Netherlands, contributed.
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