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Senegal honours peacekeepers killed in Mali

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A tribute was paid on Wednesday March 1 to the three Senegalese troopers of the UNMISMA contingent who died in Mali on February 21.

Their automobile had hit an improvised explosive gadget (IED) between Ogossagou and Sévaré, in central Mali. The UN drive contains 850 Senegalese troopers. Whereas a number of international locations have introduced their withdrawal from Mali, Senegal recollects its dedication to peacekeeping operations within the sub-region.

“It’s in Senegal’s curiosity that Mali regains its stability and its rightful place in our sub-regional group. It’s our obligation to contribute to the achievement of this goal,” mentioned Sidiki Kaba, Senegalese Minister of the Armed Forces.

“Their reminiscence will stay perpetually engraved in our minds in recognition of the supreme sacrifice made within the service of peace on this planet and within the sub-region. Their reminiscence will at all times be engraved in our recollections in recognition of their supreme sacrifice within the service of peace on this planet and within the sub-region,” mentioned Colonel Mathieu Diogoye Sène, commander of the eleventh Senegalese detachment of the UNMIS.

At present, in response to the minister, practically 2,000 Senegalese troopers are deployed in exterior operations, notably within the Central African Republic, Guinea-Bissau and the Gambia.