December 28, 2010 / 7:49 PM / 9 years ago

UN says crowd attacked peacekeepers in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Dec 28 (Reuters) - A United Nations peacekeeper in Ivory Coast was wounded in an attack on a convoy in the Abidjan neighbourhood of Yopougon on Tuesday, the U.N. said in a statement.

“A large crowd encircled the convoy, wounding one soldier with a machete and burning one of the three vehicles,” the U.N. Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) said.

The convoy was transporting 22 peacekeepers from the interior of the country through Yopougon.

“UNOCI vigorously condemns this attack and reiterates its determination to pursue its work in the service of the Ivorian people,” the statement said.

Ivory Coast’s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo has accused the U.N. of meddling in internal politics after the world body called on him to cede power to rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara after an election last month.

The U.N. also defied a call by Gbagbo’s government to leave the country in the wake of the disputed election by extending the mandate of its 10,000-strong peacekeeping force by another six months.

Reporting by Bate Felix and Ange Aboa; editing by Richard Valdmanis and Mark Trevelyan

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