U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement condemning the attack. He also the dead were peacekeepers from Bangladesh and send his condolences to their families. No group had yet to claim responsibility for the attack, but it resembled other attacks linked to al-Qaida in the region.
The peacekeeping mission in Mali is the deadliest of the U.N.'s 16 global peacekeeping operations. Two peacekeepers were killed earlier this month in Kidal.