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Remember the Fallen

Sudan (Abyei), 2 August 2011

Four peacekeepers serving in the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), were killed by a landmine detonation during a patrol in Mabok, south-east of Abyei Town, Sudan, on 2 August. The four peacekeepers were all from Ethiopia. Seven other peacekeepers were injured in the explosion.

A UN helicopter landing in Abyei in May 2011.

A UN helicopter landing (in the distance) in Abyei in May 2011.
(UN Photo/Stuart Price)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said afterwards, in a statement, that he was saddened by the deaths, and expressed his deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those killed, as well to the Government of Ethiopia.  He also expressed his concern for the well-being of the seven other peacekeepers who were injured in the explosion.

The UN Security Council also said it was saddened by the news and expressed its gratitude to the Government of Ethiopia for its contributions to UNISFA, reiterated its full support for UNISFA, and called on all parties to cooperate fully with the mission. 


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