UN: seven peacekeepers killed in Ivory Coast ambush
Seven UN peacekeepers have been killed in an ambush in a remote area of south-west Ivory Coast while trying to protect civilians, the United Nations says.
Bert Koenders, the UN envoy to the west African nation, said the peacekeepers were part of a patrol south of Tai in an area which the UN mission recently reinforced because of threats of attacks against the civilian population.
He condemned the attack "in the strongest terms" and said the seven peacekeepers who died were from Niger.
Kieran Dwyer, the spokesman for the UUN peacekeeping department, said "we are moving in reinforcements as soon as we have daylight".