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UN mission in Haiti defeats first effort to infiltrate a base

29 July 2005 For the first time since the peacekeeping United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) arrived in the Caribbean country in mid-2004, bandits attempted today to infiltrate a mission base, but were defeated and lost one life, the mission said.

At a post manned by Brazilian troops in the Bel-Air district of the capital, Port-au-Prince, at about 4:30 a.m., local time, "the bandits tried to infiltrate the MINUSTAH soldiers' base, recently established on Rue Tiremasse," it said. "The 'blue helmets' reacted efficiently to this criminal effort. One bandit was killed, one gun seized, and the other three people succeeded in running away."

MINUSTAH's report came the day after the head of UN peacekeeping, Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno, told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York that the mission needed troops with specialized training for its raids in the Bel-Air and Cité Soleil shantytowns, where he said gangs were victimizing the poor.


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