Six UN peacekeepers die in a road accident in Côte d’Ivoire

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Nigerien peacekeepers of the UN Mission in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI). UN Photo/Patricia Esteve

It has been confirmed by the UN Mission in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) that six of its peacekeepers died in a road accident on Tuesday.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, UNOCI says the accident occurred on the motorway between the capital Yamoussoukro and the commercial hub, Abidjan.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

UNOCI says the deceased peacekeepers arrived in the Mission in September 2014 and were serving with the military engineering company based in Yamoussouokro.

The political capital of Côte d'Ivoire is situated 250 kilometres from the port city of Abidjan.

Rosamond Bakari is the Deputy Spokesperson for ONUCI in Abidjan.

"The six soldiers had left Yamoussoukro and were on their way to a mission in Abidjan when one of the tyres of the vehicle they were travelling in burst, causing it to veer off the road. Their deaths bring to 92 the number of peacekeepers who have died since UNOCI was deployed in April 2004." (22")

UNOCI conveyed its condolences to the families of the deceased peacekeepers, the Egyptian Contingent and the Egyptian authorities.

The Mission is helping Côte d'Ivoire in consolidating stability as it recovers from the turmoil that followed former President Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to concede defeat in the November 2010 second round of elections.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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