Mob attacks in Liberia injure two UN military personnel

The two UNMIL personnel, both from Ethiopia, were injured by protesters throwing stones, while two vehicles belonging to the Mission were damaged during an attack on the local headquarters of the Liberian national police on Friday night, UNMIL said today in a media statement. A number of shops were also looted and damaged.Zwedru is now calm after a contingent of UNMIL military police and UN Police (UNPOL) succeeded in restoring order, and the Mission has stepped up patrols of the town – located in Grand Gedeh County close to the border with Côte d’Ivoire – and nearby areas.Liberian police have since arrested 26 people believed to be the ringleaders of the attacks in Zwedru, and UNMIL said in its statement that it strongly urged locals not to take the law into their own hands.Friday night’s violent incident followed the discovery of the body of a 25-year-old motorcycle taxi rider on the main highway between Zwedru and the capital, Monrovia, last Wednesday. An investigation by Liberian police and UNPOL has led to the arrest of two suspects in Côte d’Ivoire. read more