At least 28 UN civilian staff members were killed in violent acts in 2009, the majority in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the UN Staff Union said on Tuesday.
Seven peacekeepers also died, six serving with the joint UN-African Union force in Darfur, the union said. The seventh victim was the deputy commander of the UN force in southern Sudan who was killed while on leave in Pakistan.
While 2009 was a deadly year for UN personnel, the Staff Union number of deaths declined from at least 34 in 2008 and 42 in 2007. That was one of the deadliest for UN staff, with 17 civilians losing their lives in the terrorist bombing of UN premises in Algiers.