At least 26 UN personnel killed in line of duty in 2012: spokesman

At least 26 UN personnel killed in line of duty in 2012: spokesman
# 16 January 2013 04:30 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The United Nations on Tuesday said that 26 of its personnel were killed in the line of duty last year while many others were wounded or even kidnapped, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"At least 26 UN personnel -- nine civilians and 17 peacekeepers -- lost their lives in the line of duty in 2012," Martin Nesirky, the UN spokesman, said at a daily news briefing here, citing figures from the United Nations Staff Union.

One consultant and four helicopter crew members working for the Organization were also killed, he added.

Many more peacekeepers were wounded, along with civilian staff, and several staff members were kidnapped, some of them for a long time, Nesirky said, quoting the Staff Union.

In 2011, at least 35 United Nations personnel, including 25 civilians, nine peacekeepers and a military adviser, were killed in the line of duty, according to the Staff Union.

Four security guards working for the Organization were also killed that last.

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