Peacekeepers Ambushed, Killed in Darfur

Peacekeepers were ambushed late Tuesday night in the western Sudan region of Darfur, just a mile from a UN-African Union Mission regional headquarters. (Google Images)

In Sudan’s western Darfur region—now infamous for its conflict that broke out in 2003—four peacekeepers were killed in an attack late Tuesday night. The BBC and Al Jazeera have reported that in addition to those killed, all of whom were Nigerian, eight others were injured. The attack took place in the Darfur state capital of El-Geneina about one mile from the UN-African Union Mission (UNAMID) regional headquarters.

According to Al Jazeera:

“‘UNAMID personnel, who were heavily fired upon from several directions, returned fire. UNAMID and local authorities are working at the scene of the incident.’

Lieutenant-General Patrick Nyamvumba, UNAMID commander, called on the Sudanese government to hunt down those responsible.

‘The mission condemns in the strongest terms this criminal attack on our peacekeepers who are here in the service of Darfur’s people. I call on the government of Sudan to bring the perpetrators to justice,’ he said.

Al Jazeera’s Harriet Martin, reporting from the capital Khartoum, said: ‘This is one of the deadliest attacks that UNAMID has experienced, bringing to a total 42 peace keepers killed since the mission was set up at the end of 2007.'”

Read more about this story on The BBC and Al Jazeera.

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