Advance Pakistani troops arrive in Sierra Leone

Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- An advance party of 265 Pakistani UN peacekeepers has arrived in Freetown, the spokesperson of the UN Military Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) Margett Novicki confirmed in Freetown Friday.
Novicki said the soldiers arrived on Thursday night and had been temporarily stationed at Hastings, 11 miles east of the capital.
The advance team led by Brig.
Shuja Pasha would later be joined by 4,000 Pakistani peace keepers between 12 July and 22 August.
This would raise the number of UN peacekeepers to more than 8,000 troops.
Almost two years ago, the UN Security Council approved to step up military assistance to the government of President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, whose government has frequently been attacked by rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF).
Sierra Leone has been under civil war since 1991.

08 june 2001 23:40:00

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