United Nations: India has asked the UN to take special measures to protect peacekeepers from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that are a major hazard for the Blue Helmets. “We should have dedicated counter-IED resources for missions facing such threats,” India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin told the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations on Monday.

He also called for “concerted efforts to upgrade the security infrastructure of camps”. Two peacekeepers from Sri Lanka were killed by IEDs in Mali last month in the most recent case of attacks using them.

The UN Office of Disarmament Affairs had identified IEDs as “the largest single threat” to peacekeepers.

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