The United Nations Security Council on Sunday condemned an attack on the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali that left one peacekeeper killed and many others injured.
"Terrorists wearing blue helmets aboard two cars laden with explosives, including one in the colors of the Malian army and another with a "UN" written in it, attempted to infiltrate these camps", the Malian government statement said.
In a press statement, the council expressed deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the victim, as well as to the government of Burkina Faso and to the United Nations mission, known by its French acronym as Minusma.
The militants, disguised as peacekeepers also attacked a French military base.
But even by the standards of Mali's increasingly emboldened Islamist fighters, Saturday's attempted breach of two foreign bases at once was ambitious.
The militants attacked the base in the city of Timbuktu with the help of mortars and bomb cars. "One blue helmet was killed in the exchange of fire".
Officials said more than a dozen people, including many French soldiers were wounded.
The Associated Press reports 15 of the attackers were killed in a counterattack.
The first exploded while troops managed to immobilize the second, the ministry said. Three vehicle bombs were exploded, it said.
"By dawn the situation was stable", he said.
The UN mission has been deployed in Mali since a 2013 Tuareg separatist uprising.
More than a dozen of Timbuktu's holy shrines, built in the 15th and 16th centuries when the city was revered as a center of Islamic learning, were razed in a campaign against idolatry by al-Qaida-linked jihadists several years ago. The attack took place on Saturday afternoon, near Timbuktu's airport.