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Bodies of slain U.N. peacekeepers arrive in Abidjan

Saturday, June 09, 2012 - 00:48

June 9 - The bodies of seven United Nations peacekeepers were brought to Abidjan after they were killed in an ambush in Ivory Coast. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Gunmen who killed seven United Nations peacekeepers, eight civilians and at least one soldier in Ivory Coast came from neighboring Liberia, the Ivorian defense minister said on Saturday as the bodies of the slain soldiers were brought to Abidjan. The peacekeepers were killed in an ambush as they were responding to a suspected raid on a village 45 km south of the town of Tai, close to the border with Liberia. The attack highlights simmering tensions and security threats in the west of the world's top cocoa grower despite a year of progress that stabilized much of the rest of the country after months of post-election violence last year. Liberia's government said it would issue a statement later in the day but the United Nations said it was reshuffling some of its several thousand troops deployed in the zone to protect civilians in the border area. Ivory Coast and Liberia have good relations and have in the past carried out joint patrols with U.N. peacekeepers along their border.

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Bodies of slain U.N. peacekeepers arrive in Abidjan

Saturday, June 09, 2012 - 00:48