The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali says Ansu Sheriff, 36, got killed in an attack on its camp near the airport in the northern city of Timbuktu, and nine others including three Liberians were wounded.
Spokeswoman Radhia Achouri said Wednesday that six rockets were fired at the camp. She said eight Liberians and one Swede were wounded. Four of the wounded are in serious condition and are being evacuated to the capital, Bamako.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Last year al-Qaida-linked extremists claimed an attack on the camp, but their rockets landed kilometers away.
Speaking on ELBC via mobile phone yesterday, the Liberian Information Minister Eugene Nagbe said, despite the situation in that West African state of Mali, Liberian peacekeepers will still remain posted, while an assessment by the United Nations establishes the cause of the attack.
Minister Nagbe said the troops in Mali remain committed in the performing of their, and consoled the families of the slain soldier.
He, however, revealed that the three Liberians that got injured are responding to treatment.
Several jihadist groups remained in northern Mali after occupying the region in 2012 and being pushed from strongholds by French-backed forces the following year.