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Seven UN peacekeepers killed in Cote D'Ivoire

  • Seven UN peacekeepers have been killed in an ambush in Cote D’Ivoire while on patrol near the border with neighboring Liberia.

    It is not yet clear who attacked the troops.

    The attacks come as the West African nation continues to recover from months of ongoing violence following the 2010 presidential election.

    Alssane Ouattara emerged victorious but incumbent Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down until he was defeated by French and UN-backed forces who supported Ouattara.

    Earlier this week, New York-based Human Rights Watch warned that Liberian mercenaries and Ivorian fighters who backed Seven UN peacekeepers killed in Cote D’Ivoire in the brief civil war last year were launching attacks from Liberia.