Accessibility links

UN Peacekeepers Kill Four Assailants, Arrest 33 Others in Haiti


U.N. officials say four suspected gang members have been killed after they attacked U.N. troops in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.

In a statement released Wednesday, U.N. officials say 200 peacekeepers waged an intense gun battle with at least 37 assailants in the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Cite Militaire.

The say in addition to the four men killed Tuesday, 33 other gang members were apprehended and turned over to Haitian authorities.

Authorities say there were no civilian or U.N. casualties during the eight-hour gun battle.

The Security Council authorized the U.N. stabilization mission in Haiti to help re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country after ousted president Jean Bertrand fled amid an armed uprising in February 2004.

The country is struggling to organize elections to choose a new president and legislature to replace the interim government appointed following Mr. Aristide's departure.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

XS
SM
MD
LG