A ceremony was held on Tuesday in Mali to pay tribute for four Ivorian peacekeepers who died last week in Timbuku in the service of peace in Mali.

The peacekeepers’ convoy was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED), and the troops then came under attack by unidentified gunmen in the vast Timbuktu region.

In a funeral that was attended by few people due to corona virus, the remains of the four brave men were saluted by various combat officials at the war memorial at the UNAMID headquarters.

The ceremony was held in the presence of civilian officials and in the uniform of the United Nations Peace Mission in Mali.

UN Secretary General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix said the nations are partners to the end as evidenced by the ceremony.

“We are partners to the end, as evidenced by today’s moving ceremony where we paid tribute to four of our peacekeepers in an improvised explosive device attack,” said Lacroix.