Saturday, July 13, 2013

U.N. says 7 peacekeepers killed in deadliest ever attack on international troops in Darfur


U.N. says 7 peacekeepers killed in deadliest ever attack on international

troops in Darfur'


Associated Press


Saturday, July 13, 2013


CAIRO - Gunmen ambushed a United Nations peacekeeping team Saturday in

Sudan's western region of Darfur, killing seven and wounding another 17 in

the deadliest ever attack single attack on the international force in the



The assault included sustained heavy fire from machine guns and possibly

rocket-propelled grenades, targeting the force some 25 kilometers (15 miles)

west of the town of Khor Abeche, U.N. forces spokesman Chris Cycmanick said.

Reinforcements later arrived to rescue the wounded, which included two

female police advisers, the force said in a statement.


No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault. Cycmanick

declined to give the nationalities of those killed and wounded in the



Peacekeepers have been targeted by assailants in the past in the region

since the international force began its work there in 2008. In the last

attack, gunmen shot dead a Nigerian peacekeeper in April in East Darfur



The joint African Union-U.N. peacekeeping force, dubbed UNAMID, was

established to protect civilians in Darfur, but also contributes to security

for those providing humanitarian aid, verifying agreements, political

reconciliation efforts and promoting human rights.


It has about 16,500 troops and military observers and over 5,000

international police. More than 300,000 people have been killed in the

Darfur conflict since rebels took up arms against the Sudanese government

nearly 10 years ago, accusing it of discrimination and neglect.


"The mission condemns in the strongest possible terms those responsible for

this heinous attack on our peacekeepers," said Mohamed Ibn Chambas, a joint

special representative of the force. "The perpetrators should be on notice

that they will be pursued for this crime and gross violation of

international humanitarian law."


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