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Swedish UN worker killed in Ivory Coast

AFP/The Local · 1 Apr 2011, 13:04

Published: 01 Apr 2011 11:00 GMT+02:00
Updated: 01 Apr 2011 13:04 GMT+02:00

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Zahra Abidi, 34, was hit on Thursday night in her home in Abidjan, where she was working for the United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI).

"It is with deep regret that I was told Swedish citizen Zahra Abidi was a victim of the ongoing fighting in the Ivory Coast," foreign minister Carl Bildt said.

Bildt had announced her death in parliament, where he was taking part in a

debate on Sweden's participation in the international mission in Libya.

"Her tragic death reminds us of the valuable work many Swedes are doing for peace and security around the world," he said.

Fighting erupted in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan on Thursday as forces loyal to internationally recognised election winner Alassane Ouattara make a final push for power against incumbent Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to cede power.

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Bloody post-election violence has plunged the world's top cocoa producer into political and economic crisis, killing nearly 500 people and forcing more than one million people to flee.

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12:03 April 1, 2011 by TheOriginalBlackMan
Horrible, my condolences to the family.
13:56 April 1, 2011 by Sebastian_R
I'm very sorry to hear that. My condolences to her loved ones.

Between all the "usual" bad news in our media many people forget that there are thousands of great people out there helping other people in need.
16:53 April 1, 2011 by karex
Well-said Sebastian_R - something we have to remember.
21:50 April 1, 2011 by Ashlito
As someone who Zahra personally I just want to say say that she was a kind intelligent soul who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Much love
09:43 April 2, 2011 by Kublai
And guess what - it is muslims trying to take power in Ivory Coast. What a surprise.
11:14 April 2, 2011 by Thompsuleme
Dear mr.or mrs kublai...

This is neither the time or place for such idiotic comments. save it for your other religious and moral commentators on other news posts. Have the decency to show respect for someone who died trying to help others. Heart out to her loved ones.
15:04 April 2, 2011 by VoodooDingy

..and when is there ever a time and place to talk about inconvenient matters?
10:52 April 3, 2011 by Thompsuleme
There are forums and news headlines that lead you guys to such debates. Here its just the death of someone in the middle of a clash. So let it be as that.
11:38 April 3, 2011 by johnny1939
RIP Zahra we admire you and your selfless work
10:29 April 4, 2011 by DJECKY
Its really a pity but France should be blame for her death,France send amunition thro north of cameroon from tchad.to Quatara febuary to kill ppl in ivory coast.so lets hold france and Quatara responsible for her death.ask me i will tell you more.(the guns and war stuff where cought in North of Cameroon by the forces of Cameroon and was reported to the president,PUAL BIYA but finally they were released to continue its journey since its carried the loggo of the UN.but were arms for the rebels.
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