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UN peacekeepers die in fatal car crashes

05 February 2015, 10:10

New York - The United Nations says six Egyptian peacekeepers have died in a car accident in Ivory Coast and three Moroccan peacekeepers died in a separate car crash there last week.

The spokesman for the UN secretary-general told reporters on Wednesday that the Egyptian peacekeepers' car crashed on Tuesday after a blown tire caused it to veer off the road. They had been travelling from Yamoussoukro, the political capital, to Abidjan.

Also read: UN condemns continued attacks by Boko Haram

Stephane Dujarric says the crash follows a separate car accident in Ivory Coast that killed three Moroccan peacekeepers on 27 January.

He says 92 peacekeepers have been killed in Ivory Coast since the UN mission there began in 2004.

- AP


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