UN forces injured in Ivory Coast

2011-04-02 22:28

Abidjan - Four UN peacekeepers were seriously injured in an attack by strongman Laurent Gbgabo's forces while they were on a humanitarian mission in Abidjan, rocked by violent combat, the UN said on Saturday.

"An escort patrol of the United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) was once again the target of an attack by the special forces of Mr Laurent Gbagbo... while carrying out a humanitarian mission," a statement said.

"Four peacekeepers were seriously wounded and are being treated at the mission's medical clinic."

Earlier in the day a UN patrol was attacked in the Cocody neighbourhood, where Gbagbo's residence is based, and five of his men were hit in an exchange of fire.

The mission, condemning a "wave of targeted attacks" reminded fighters in the post-election conflict that its mandate "authorises the use of force when under attack."