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Canadian Observer Injured by Stray Bullet

Port-au-Prince, Tuesday, December 5, 2006 — Mr. Jean-Pierre Kingsley, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada and Head of the Canadian Mission for Accompanying Haitian Elections (CMAHE), who is currently in Port-au-Prince, today reported an incident that occurred last night.

At around 7:00 p.m., while returning to his hotel after work, a CMAHE observer was hit by a stray bullet, sustaining a minor injury to his arm.

Mr. Cheickh Bangoura, a resident of Ottawa, was wounded in the arm when the passenger of a taptap (a Haitian taxi) fired shots in all directions on Delmas Road in Pétionville. A stray bullet penetrated the windshield of Mr. Bangoura's vehicle and lodged in the arm he had lifted to protect himself. The injury was minor. MINUSTAH took Mr. Bangoura by ambulance to the hospital, run by the Argentine battalion, where doctors will proceed to extract the bullet this morning.

After speaking with Mr. Bangoura following the incident, the Director of the mission in Haiti, Mr. Claude Parent, confirmed that he was out of danger. He also emphasized that all indications were that neither Mr. Bangoura nor CMAHE observers were targeted by the attack. It is not yet known whether the passengers of the taptap or other people were injured. It is important to note that Mr. Bangoura respected CMAHE security directives and that he was in an authorized area recognized for being safe.

Mr. Kingsley deplores the many similar incidents that have been occurring in Port‑au‑Prince for some time. "This incident reminds us that the safety of our observers is paramount and that we will continue to scrupulously respect the safety instructions and security advisories issued daily by MINUSTAH," said Mr. Kingsley.

Information:
Elections Canada Media Relations
1-877-877-9515
or at www.elections.ca

Source:
Robert B. Lussier, CMAHE Analyst and Public Relations Officer
(Haiti) 509-451-7194 –
509-256-2626, extension 242