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