7 United Nations Peacekeepers Killed In Ivory Coast

United Nations Peacekeepers In Ivory Coast
United Nations Peacekeepers In Ivory Coast

Armed men ambushed and killed seven UN peacekeepers who were trying to protect villagers in Ivory Coast on Friday and more than 40 of their colleagues who are on guard against more attacks remain in danger according to the United Nations.

Hundreds of villagers have fled the area around the town Tai near the Liberian border while many others might have been killed or wounded. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations who condemned the attack said “he is saddened and outraged by the deaths of the peacekeepers”, who were all from Niger.

Ivory Coast’s deputy defence minister, Paul Koffi, blamed “militia men or mercenaries” for the attack. Peacekeepers were first sent to Ivory Coast in 2004 to help end a civil war and have stayed through the country’s recent political turmoil.
FRANCIS TAWIAH (Duisburg – Germany)
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