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Jamaican among three UN staffers killed in Libya car bombing

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A Jamaican national was among three United Nations staff members killed on Saturday when a bomb-laden vehicle exploded outside a shopping mall in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi.

The deceased Jamaican has been identified as Clive Peck, whose LinkedIn account lists him as a UN field service officer. He was reportedly a former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The other deceased have been identified as Seniloli Tabuatausole of Fiji and Hussein Elhader of Libya.

According to the Associated Press, health officials said the blast took place outside Arkan Mall in the Hawari neighborhood, where people were gathering for shopping a day before the Eid al-Adha holiday begins. The Benghazi municipal council reportedly said the attack targeted a convoy for the UN Support Mission in Libya.


The site of the attack is close to offices of the mission in Libya. The blast wounded nine people, according to health officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

The United Nations Field Staff Union (UNFSU) expressed condolences to the families of the deceased in a social media post.

"The UNFSU is sad to announce the passing of three staff members in the recent bombing incident in Benghazi and offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of all the victims. Mr Clive Peck, Mr Seniloli “Tabs” Tabuatausole and Mr Hussein Elhader were working tirelessly, for UNSMIL, to give a more secure future and peace to the people of Libya," the post said.

Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres, said in a statement: "The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wishes a swift recovery to all the injured. He calls on the Libyan authorities to spare no effort in identifying and swiftly bringing to justice the perpetrators of this attack."

He also said the secretary-general urged "all parties to respect the humanitarian truce during Eid al Adha and return to the negotiating table to pursue the peaceful future the people of Libya deserve."

The UN special envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salame, condemned what he called a "cowardly attack."

"This attack will not discourage us, nor will it prevent us from carrying on with our duties to bring about peace, stability and prosperity to Libya and its people," he said in a statement.

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