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Accident Involving UN Armoured Vehicle Kills Four in Haiti


7Dnews London

Sun, 10 Feb 2019 11:32 GMT

In Haiti four people were killed and nine were injured in a traffic accident involving a United Nations vehicle and a local taxi, in Port-au-Prince on Saturday February 9 , the police and the UN stated.

An investigation is underway to determine the specific cause of the accident, where the vehicle of the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) lost control of its brakes while driving in the capital and collided with a shared taxi-known as a tap-tap-according to witnesses. 

"Four tap-tap passengers were killed and several others were injured in the accident," police spokesperson Gary Desrosiers told AFP. 

And two MINUJUSTH police officers together with a Haitian police officer were among the wounded, Desrosiers said. 

Meanwhile, MINUJUSTH put the toll at four dead and nine wounded, among them a Haitian citizen and eight UN police. 

"It is with profound sadness that the U N has learned of the deaths of four people as a result of a road accident involving a public transportation vehicle and a UN Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) that occurred tonight," it said in a statement. 

MINUJUSTH-which currently includes 995 police officers-was deployed to Haiti in October 2017 to succeed another UN mission created in 2004 following the ousting of president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and the mission's mandate is scheduled to end in October 2019. 

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