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    U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power | Photo: Reuters

Published 18 April 2016

Samantha Power's motorcade was moving at high speed, exceeding 60 mph, when the boy was run over. The boy died in hospital.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power's motorcade in Cameroon on Monday ran over a seven-year old boy killing him, AP reported.

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Power had just arrived in Cameroon to visit the front lines in the war against Boko Haram and was driving through the northern city of Moloko, where Power was scheduled to meet refugees and other people displaced by years of violence across West Africa, AP added.

The high-level diplomat later returned to the scene of the tragic incident and met with the boy's mother and father.

Associated Press said that Power's motorcade was driving at high speeds—exceeding 60 mph—in spite of villagers standing along the road to watch her pass by. But after the accident, the ambassador's motorcade slowed down significantly.

“The vehicle that hit the boy initially stopped, but was ordered by American security forces to continue traveling through the unsecured area. An ambulance in the U.S. caravan immediately attended to him,” AP said.

The boy was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. He died at the hospital.

AP said officials did not immediately identify the boy, and U.S officials wouldn't comment immediately on any plans for compensation to the boy's family.

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