Due to the increase of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the country, the Special Representative to the Secretary General, Madam Karin Landgren, has disclosed that the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will continue its operations in the country until 2015 September and there will be no withdrawal now.According to Madam Landgren, the UN Mission will continue to carry out its duties by serving the Liberian people, especially in the midst of the Deadly Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia.SRSG Landgren described the Deadly Ebola Virus Disease outbreak here as the greatest threat since the civil crisis.Madam Landgren made the disclosure in Monrovia following her regular Wednesday press conference held at the Headquarters of the UNMIL following her arrival from the Security Council.She said, UNMIL is serving as critical back up for Liberia’s security institutions and that UNMIL and Military are on the standby when needed to respond to specific incidents that tend to deteriorate beyond the capacity of Liberian authorities.She indicated that in line with the mission’s protection of Civilian’s mandate, UNMIL Police and Military are actively monitoring the deployment of their national counterparts during the state of Emergency, including at checkpoints, and providing training and guidance on responsibilities regarding protection of Civilians.“UNMIL police and military will support the planning and coordination of Liberian security institutions, the police, military and immigration, which are active in implementing Ebola control measures. This will include officer embedded within the Joint Command Centre.UNMIL police have also facilitated Ebola sensitization training for 500 officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) Ebola Response Team ahead of their deployment to affected areas, and provided training materials to LNP and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization officers across the country through 29 UNPOL team sites,” Said Madam Landgren.The SRSG went on to say that the Mission is working with national counterparts to help mitigate the risk of Ebola outbreak in prisons, including by helping to reduce overcrowding through addressing the extremely high rates of pre-trial detention facilities. The mission has also provided basic personal protective equipment, disenfectants and thermometers to all detention facilities through a Quick Impact Project. Discussing the UN Mission’s effort to the fight against the Ebola Virus, she said the UNMIL Engineering Section is preparing ground for the construction of a 33,000m Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Monrovia and the mission is repairing the road and parking are for the National Emergency Operations Center in Monrovia.The mission, in addition, is constructing and providing emergency maintenance of roads leading to other ETUs and UNMIL-constructed holding facilities in Zwedru, Gbarnga and Voinjama.Recounting the Mission’s donation to the country, Madam Langren said these include 30 vehicles from its fleet to the Government of Liberia for use in the fight against Ebola. Twenty more vehicles are soon to be donated, she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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AMMAN, Jordan – Al-Qaida claimed a squad of four Iraqi suicide bombers, including a husband and wife team, carried out the Ammam attacks with explosive belts after carefully staking out the hotels for a month. Jordan interrogated 12 suspects Friday who may have helped them. The terror group’s Iraqi branch issued its third Internet statement since Wednesday’s nearly simultaneous attacks, saying the four Iraqis had the Radisson SAS, Grand Hyatt and Days Inn hotels under surveillance “to achieve greater accuracy in hitting the target.” It was believed to be the first time a married couple has carried out a suicide attack. The couple bombed the Days Inn after the woman “chose to accompany her husband to his martyrdom,” the statement said. Jordanian officials have found the remains of three males believed to be the attackers but could not confirm a woman was involved. Police were scouring footage from hotel security cameras, and forensic experts were analyzing the severed head of a woman discovered at one hotel. Many of the 400,000 Iraqis living in Jordan joined the protests and called for punishing anyone involved in the attacks. Police have detained more than 120 people, including Iraqis and Jordanians, in the manhunt for anyone who may have helped the bombers. Among those in custody were 12 people, including Jordanians, regarded by investigators as “suspects,” Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muasher told reporters. Police were searching for eight vehicles – including a GMV Suburban and a Mercedes Benz sedan, both with Iraqi license plates – spotted by witnesses near the hotels around the time of the attacks. The six other vehicles carry Jordanian plates. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Days Inn explosion happened outside the hotel after the bombers’ car was unable to cross a protective barrier. As a result, the casualties at the Days Inn were not as extensive as at the Hyatt and Radisson. In its latest statement, al-Qaida said the bombings were carried out in response to “the conspiracy against the Sunnis,” referring to the Muslim Arab group favored under Saddam Hussein’s regime and now believed to form the core of the Iraqi insurgency. Authorities have not said with certainty that Iraqis were involved, only that one of the bombers had an Iraqi accent. But there have been indications – including a letter this year from Osama bin Laden’s top deputy – that al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi wants to extend his group’s influence beyond Iraq. From the capital, Amman, to the northeastern industrial town of Zarqa, the birthplace of al-Zarqawi, thousands of Jordanians vented their fury for the second straight day and called for the terror group leader’s death. “Al-Zarqawi is rejected by everybody in Zarqa, even by his family members,” said Mohammed al-Sharaa, a neighbor of the al-Qaida in Iraq leader’s clan in Zarqa.