UN peacekeeper in Cote d'Ivoire injured in convoy attack

19:59, December 29, 2010      

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A convoy of three vehicles belonging to the UN operations in Cote d'Ivoire (ONUCI) transporting 22 peacekeepers was attacked on Tuesday, when it was heading towards Abidjan from the interior of the West African country.

ONUCI said in a statement that a crowd surrounded the convoy at Yopougon and injured one of the peacekeepers with a machete and burnt one of the three vehicles.

Thanks to the intervention of Cote d'Ivoire's chief of general staff, general Philippe Mangou, the situation returned to normal.

"ONUCI strongly condemns this attack and would like to reiterate its determination to continue carrying out its mandate for the benefit of the people of Cote d'Ivoire," the mission's statement said.

Source: Xinhua
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