Bamako - Two UN peacekeepers were shot dead and a third
slightly wounded by one of their colleagues in northern Mali, the UN
mission said on Sunday, less than three weeks after a similar incident.
[on Saturday] at around 19:00 GMT a tragic incident occurred in the Minusma camp at Tessalit, in the Kidal region in which a peacekeeper fired on
three of his colleagues," a statement from the Minusma mission said,
without giving the nationalities of the peacekeepers.
The suspect had been arrested and an investigation into the shooting was under way, the statement added.
month a soldier in the Chadian contingent of the force killed his own
commander and an army doctor following weeks of tensions over living
The soldier had started an "insurrection" against the
contingent's top brass the previous evening before shooting the two men
dead on February 25.
The 2 000 Chadian soldiers of the African-led
International Support Mission in Mali (Afisma) - Minusma's predecessor - were at the forefront of a French-led military intervention launched
in January 2013 to oust Islamist rebels who had taken over vast
stretches of the north in the chaos following a coup.
Chadian troops have deserted their posts in a dispute over pay and
conditions in recent years, complaining that they hadn't received a
salary in months.
Twenty-nine members of Minusma were killed last
year and more than 80 were injured, making it the most deadly active
mission for the United Nations.