U.N. Security Council, Ban condemn terrorist attack in Mali

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the U.N. Security Council released a statement on Saturday strongly condemning a terrorist attack in Northeast Mali that killed two and injured several others.

"The members of the Security Council stressed that those responsible for this attack shall be held accountable, and called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice," Ban's spokesperson said.

A car bomb attack took place in the Northeastern Mali town of Kidal Saturday while U.N. and Malian troops were working together to secure a bank in downtown Kidal. The explosion killed two Senegalese blue helmets and wounded several others from the Malian armed forces and the U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali.

"The United Nations remains undeterred in its mission to support the people and Government of Mali in building lasting peace in their country," Ban's spokesperson said. "The Secretary-General encourages all Malians to reject violence and support the peace process, including through their participation in Sunday's second round of legislative elections."

The U.N. Security Council expressed its full support of MINUSMA and the Mali Government to gain peace in the region. Head of MINUSMA and Special Representative to the Secretary-General Bert Koenders said the attack would not deter the organization from its mission.

"This attack will not undermine our determination and our commitment to restore peace and security in Mali," Koenders said.