UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is strongly
condemning an ambush in Ivory Coast that killed seven U.N. peacekeepers and warning that their colleagues are still in danger from the attackers.
Ban told reporters Friday that following the attack in southwestern Ivory Coast more than 40 U.N. peacekeepers are remaining with villagers to protect them from the armed group.
He said he was "outraged" and demanded that the perpetrators be brought to justice.
Bert Koenders, the U.N. envoy to the west African nation, said the peacekeepers were part of a patrol south of Tai in an area the U.N. mission recently reniforced because of threats of attacks against civilians.
The mayor of Tai, Desire Gnonkonte, told AP that hundreds of villagers were fleeing the area following the attack on the peacekeepers.