UN reaffirms support for AFISMA after deadly terrorist attack in Mali

The United Nations on Friday reaffirmed its determination to back the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) after a terrorist suicide bombing killed three Chadian members of the force, which is helping national efforts to recover the northern Sahara region of the trouble-wracked country from insurgents.

Meanwhile, UN humanitarian officials also warned that food situation in the north of the West African country is alarming, with an international humanitarian aid appeal grossly underfunded.

"The United Nations condemns the bomb attack which has also injured several members of the same contingent serving under the AFISMA Force," the UN Office in Mali (UNOM) said in a statement after the attack, which occurred in Kidal in the far northeast of the country.

"These terrorist acts, however, shall not undermine the United Nations' determination to support AFISMA in its effort to restore peace and territorial integrity in Mali," it added.

Philippines News agency