Nigerian police to support UN-AU mission in Darfur

New York- US (PANA) -- Nigeria has deployed two police units to support the ongoi ng United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), the UN said in a sta t ement issued in New York on Tuesday.
It said the Nigerian police units, totalling 280 personnel, were specially train ed in high-risk operations.
The UN said the deployment of the Formed Police Units (FPUs) was in response to a call from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to increase the number of troops on the ground in war-ravaged Darfur and counter the escalating rebel violence in th e region.
The UN said the two Nigerian police contingents, along with units from Banglades h, Indonesia and Nepal, brought the total number of the specially trained Formed Police Units in Darfur to five.
It disclosed that the Nigerian police units would be deployed in West Darfur.
The peacekeeping mission is expected have 19 Formed Police Units at full strengt h.

07 january 2009 21:53:00

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