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15 people killed in Cote d’Ivoire

Sunday, June 10, 2012

At least 15 people, including UN peacekeepers, have been killed in an attack by an armed group in the western African nation of Cote d’Ivoire.

The United Nations says the peacekeepers were ambushed in a village near the Liberian border on Friday. They were patrolling the area after receiving warnings of attacks on the village.

Among the dead were 7 peacekeepers from Niger and local residents. No details are available on who carried out the attack.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was saddened and outraged when he heard of the attack.
He said the troops were only trying to bring peace to the area.

The UN chief called on the government of Cote d’Ivoire to help identify who was responsible. A UN official said the attack was one of the worst against UN peacekeepers in recent years.

Cote d’Ivoire’s government reached a ceasefire agreement with the opposition in 2003 and accepted UN peacekeepers in 2004. But security remains unstable in the country.

Jun. 10, 2012 – Updated 04:11 UTC (13:11 JST)