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44 UN staff killed over 10 days beginning March 30: UN official

Other News Materials 15 April 2011 21:48 (UTC +04:00)
A total of 44 UN staff were killed over the past 10 days beginning March 30 in such countries and regions as Afghanistan, Darfur in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
44 UN staff killed over 10 days beginning March 30: UN official

A total of 44 UN staff were killed over the past 10 days beginning March 30 in such countries and regions as Afghanistan, Darfur in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Alain Le Roy, the UN under- secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, told reporters here Friday.

Le Roy told a press conference here that the combined death toll mainly came from the April 1 attack on the UN mission in Afghanistan's operations center in Mazar Sharif, north Afghanistan, and the April 4 plane crash in the DRC, Xinhua reported.

Three international staff and four guards working for the UN were killed in the deadly attack on the UN mission in north Afghanistan. The attack followed a protest against the burning of the Muslim holy book Koran by a U.S. pastor in a church in Florida, the United States.

Tirty-two were killed in a plane crash in the DRC as it attempted to land in torrential rain at the main airport in Kinshasa, the DRC capital. The plane had been traveling from the northeastern city of Kisangani and was trying to land in Kinshasa when it crashed at N'Djili airport.

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