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32 peacekeepers killed in malicious attacks in 2022: UN Staff Union

At least 32 UN peacekeeping personnel were killed in deliberate attacks last year, with the Mali mission suffering the most, the UN Staff Union said Friday, according to Xinhua.

Among the 32 fatalities were 28 military and 4 police personnel, including a woman police officer, said the Staff Union in a press release.

For the ninth year in a row, the mission in Mali, known by its French acronym as MINUSMA, suffered the most fatalities, with 14 deaths in 2022, followed by 13 killed from the mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The union said that the 32 killed in 2022 brings to 494 UN and associated personnel killed in deliberate attacks in the past 13 years from improvised explosive devices, rocket-propelled grenades, artillery fire, mortar rounds, landmines, armed and successive ambushes, convoy attacks, suicide attacks and targeted assassinations.

It said the peacekeepers who died in 2022, by country, were 7 from Egypt, 7 from Pakistan, 4 from Chad, 3 from Bangladesh, 2 from India, 2 from Nigeria, 1 each from Guinea, Ireland, Jordan, Morocco, Nepal, Russia and Serbia.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency