United Nations, Jan 19: The UN Security Council (UNSC) has strongly condemned last week's attack against a peacekeeping mission in Mali, which killed one personnel from Egypt.

In a statement on Monday, the members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the victim, as well as to Egypt and to the mission, known by its French acronym as MINUSMA, reports Xinhua news agency.

They wished a speedy and full recovery to the one who was injured and paid tribute to the peacekeepers who risk their lives.

The Council members called on the transitional government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice and underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.

They stressed that involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring or conducting attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a basis for sanctions designations pursuant to Security Council resolutions.

The Council members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.

They urged all states to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard. - IANS