The United Nations is to ask an independent panel to investigate a bombing that killed 17 UN employees in Algiers on December 11. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon took the decision to appoint the panel after receiving a preliminary report last week from Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, David Veness.
As many as 37 were killed in two car bombings in the Algerian capital, one of which badly damaged UN offices. A group with links to al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility.
The panel is to be made up of international experts from outside the United Nations and will be named shortly. The investigation will look at all the facts related to the carnage in cooperation with Algerian security forces.