Posted by: africanpressorganization | 31 October 2008

Darfur / Attack on UN peacekeepers



Darfur / Attack on UN peacekeepers


EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, October 31, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General



The African Union–United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur [UNAMID] strongly condemns the latest attack on UN peacekeepers there as a “cowardly act of wanton violence” and will spare no efforts to identify and arrest the culprits who will be held accountable for their crimes.


Yesterday, at approximately 6 p.m., soldiers from the UNAMID South African contingent, securing a water point near the Kassab internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in North Darfur, came under attack from unidentified men who arrived in several heavily armed vehicles.


One peacekeeper was killed and another wounded as a result of this murderous attack.  Both the injured female soldier and the body of the peacekeeper who died were evacuated to El Fasher.  UNAMID troops have been sent to reinforce the attacked location, search for the assailants and conduct an investigation.



SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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