NEW YORK, 19th January, 2017 (WAM) — Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, has strongly condemned Wednesday’s suicide-vehicle attack perpetrated against a military camp in the northern Mali city of Gao that reportedly left at least 60 people dead and dozens more injured.

According to the UN Integrated Multi-Dimensional Stabilisation Mission, a suicide-bomb laden vehicle exploded inside the Operational Coordination Mechanism, OMC, camp in Gao. The camp is home to elements of the Armed Forces of Mali, the Platform and Coordination of Azawad Movements (600 in total) which are tasked with leading the joint patrols envisaged by the 2015 Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General urged the parties to continue to work to fully implement the provisions of the peace agreement and to do all they can to prevent such attacks.

“This despicable act reinforces the United Nations’ determination to support the people of Mali, the Government and the signatory armed groups in their quest for peace, their fight against terrorism and their efforts to uphold the peace agreement,” the statement concluded.