UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (bahn kee-moon) has condemned "in the strongest possible terms," the killing of 7 U.N. peacekeepers in Ivory Coast.
The U.N. says armed men ambushed and killed the peacekeepers, who were trying to protect villagers, and more than 40 of their colleagues who stayed to guard from more attacks remain in danger.
Hundreds of villagers are fleeing the area near the Liberian border, and U.N. officials say others may have been killed or injured. Authorities have been unable to confirm any additional casualties because of the remoteness of the area.
Ban says he's "saddened and outraged" about the deaths of the peacekeepers, all from Niger (nee-ZHEHR'). He's urging the Ivory Coast government to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
The U.N. Security Council has released a statement condemning the attacks.
278-a-11-(United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in remarks)-"saddened and outraged"-U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns the attack in Ivory Coast that has killed U.N. peacekeepers. (8 Jun 2012)
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283-c-11-(Edith Lederer, AP correspondent)-"the roaming group"-AP correspondent Edith Lederer reports the U.N. believes peacekeepers serving in Ivory Coast are threatened by armed attackers. (8 Jun 2012)
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APPHOTO NYR103: In this photo provided by the United Nations, United Nations Secretary General , Ban Ki-moon, left, is informed by Martin Nesirky, the spokesperson of the Secretary General, at U.N. Headquarters in New York, of the killing of seven UN Peacekeepers in Para, Côte d'Ivoire, near the border of Liberia, Friday, June 8, 2012 . The peacekeepers were serving on the UN Mission Côte d'Ivoire and were Nationals of the country of Niger. It is unclear who is responsible for the killings. (AP Photo/United Nations, Evan Schneider) (8 Jun 2012)
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APPHOTO GFX123: Map locates southwestern Ivory Coast, where U.N. peacekeepers were killed (8 Jun 2012)
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