U.N.: 3 peacekeepers shot in Ivory Coast
Residents and barricades block U.N. peacekeepers in the Ivory Coast.
January 12th, 2011
01:03 PM ET

U.N.: 3 peacekeepers shot in Ivory Coast

Three United Nations peacekeepers were shot and injured Tuesday night by the forces of self-declared President Laurent Gbagbo, the U.N. operation in Ivory Coast said in a statement on Wednesday.

The peacekeepers were returning from a patrol when they were shot, the U.N. operation said.

The shootings came a day after the United Nations Security Council condemned the violence that has erupted since the country's November 28 presidential runoff election and "urged all parties to exercise restraint."

The nation was plunged into crisis when an independent commission declared Alassane Ouattara the winner of the election, but incumbent Gbagbo refused to leave office. The United Nations and an increasing number of countries have recognized Ouattara, a former prime minister, as the rightful winner.

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  1. Real Truth

    Will they never learn? No. Not while corruption rules the world.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      They are much better under the French rule.

      January 13, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. HernandezUSA

    I guess its the Conservatives fault here too....?

    Maybe if we took the U.N guns away no one would shoot at them......STUPID LIberals

    January 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake

      Hernandez: Who even said anything about conservatives or liberals? Get a grip man.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simo Häyhä

      You have to love the whiny, butthurt neocons who have to start blubbering about liberals on every comment thread about every story no matter what it is. Shootings? "STOOPID LIBRULS!" A new fashion line? "WAAAAHH! LIBRULS!" A recipe for chicken salad? "OMG LIBRULS!" I think the new Republican party platform should just be a picture of a 7-year-old girl with a skinned knee.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roth

      Is it possible for you to come up with another argument? This article has absolutely NOTHING to do with conservatives vs. liberals. Your argument was tired and moldy 2 years ago, yet you(and others) still make it. Try coming up with an original point, maybe have an opinion of your own. I'm sure it's fun to blame people you disagree with, an paint them as re enemy, but come on. Drop it. The horse is dead, stop beating it.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • herb666

      Conservatives and liberals are both fully capable of running and maintaining a gangster government. There called fascists and communists.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Shadowscry2

    I don't quite understand this article. First it says they where shot and injured, then it says " The Deaths came a day after". so where they injured or where they killed?

    January 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ola David

      Here what the BBC is saying "Unoci military were forced to fire back. Three members of Unoci's force were slightly injured during the incident," the UN said in a statement."

      January 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dana

    HernandezUSA: A military force is different than the common civilian, you'd serve yourself well to remember that. Additionally, no one blames conservatives in the USA for this.

    I am actually very liberal (Socialist and in California) and firmy believe that the only course of action in the Ivory Coast is simple: invasion. The current leader there is in place illegally and now has attacked international forces. I am completely baffled why more countries have not yet declared that they'd wage war against this monster of a man.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • NorCalMojo

      Because they saw the reaction to Iraq.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. matt cowan

    @dana Their injuries caused their deaths.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TPitt

    I would say that they are not very good at their job if they are peacekeepers.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Conner

    Once again CNN fails to deliver accurate news...

    So what is it? Were they injured or killed? The article says both...

    January 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • TMS

      If you read the other article, it says that 5 police were killed and 3 peacekeepers were injured.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gunsmoke

    Give the guy one more chance....then level his compound with a couple of cruise missiles.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wakeupcall

    why you support the american worldwide n.r.a... Oakland c.a. A taser and a firearm are the same... A stone and an ak are the same. A truly superior people think in exactly the same way. Quote from newt gingrich university netwoks education services known as "the history of western civilization"

    January 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gunsmoke

    Ok. Trying to make sense of that? Lol

    January 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JV_3rdID

    Martinez, no offense but you are a nut case lol

    January 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Your Mom

    Why don't they just freken kill him already ffs!

    January 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Old Insurance Guy

    Shot...then injured...the "the deaahs came"
    So am I to assume that all three were shot and killed??

    January 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cold War Veteran

    The irony is that, in the US, a tenant of conservatism is abundant liberalism when it comes to making war; a tenant of US liberalism is abundant caution when it comes to war.

    It would appear, by this comparison, that the two may also be equated to both the degree and quality of reason, justice, and morale intelligence each exercises in their judgments.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Netwallwarrior

    Ummm. What was the U.N. doing there? UN Peacekeepers. Ok. One World Government whether you agree or not is not your choice.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan C.

      The Ivory Coast is a member of the General Assembly (United Nations); therefore, the Ivory Coast opted into the United Nations causes, and when affairs go wrong, that's when the United Nations steps in. The article states that The Ivory Coast's illegitimate (Gbagbo rigged the elections) President, Laurant Gbagbo's forces (the people he employs) shot the United Nation Peacekeepers, not the civilians of the Ivory Coast. The point of the United Nations is to protect innocent people, but Gbagbo's forces are cruel people and they don't care who anyone is, Gbagbo pays them to instill fear into anyone who opposes Gbagbo. This sounds a lot like what's happening in Zimbabwe with Robert Mugabe.

      January 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
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