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250 policemen of Bangladesh to join UN peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast

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DHAKA, Oct 30, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Some 250 police personnel of Bangladesh will join the UN peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast replacing two contingents that had gone there earlier.

Two teams, each comprising 45 personnel, left Zia International Airport here Wednesday night for Ivory Coast by a UN charted flight.

A contingent of 90 police personnel is scheduled to leave Bangladesh on Nov. 5 and 70 others on Nov. 8, private news agency UNB reported Thursday.

Police Superintendent Abdullah Al Mahmud will lead BANFPU-1 contingent while BANFPU-2 will be headed by Police Superintendent Mohammad Mahbub Hakim.

At present, 1,083 members of Bangladesh police force are engaged in UN peacekeeping missions in different parts of the world.

Bangladesh is on top of police force in UN peacekeeping missions.