Armed group kills two African Union peacekeepers In Darfur Easy bourse
reported today (via Dowjones BN) :
Two African Union peacekeepers were killed and three wounded when their convoy was ambushed in Darfur Saturday, the AU said in a statement.
A group of unidentified armed men attacked an AU fuel convoy traveling to the AU's HQ of El Fasher in North Darfur, the statement said.
The attack targeted a convoy carrying fuel in the Kuma area around 80 km northeast of Darfur's main town of el-Fasher. The area is under the control of rebels who did not sign the May peace deal, but the AU said it was not clear who the attackers were.
One AU source said the soldiers who were attacked were from Rwanda. Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa supply the majority of the soldiers in the AU force.
Two Rwandan peacekeepers were killed and four wounded when unidentified gunmen ambushed their convoy in North Darfur on Saturday.
The six peacekeepers had been escorting a fuel convoy from El-Nahud to El-Fasher, said African Union Mission in Sudan spokesperson Mousa Hamani.
He said the attack was "a clear breach" of truce agreements in the war-ravaged western region.
"Two soldiers were killed and four others were injured," said Hamani.
"Two of them sustained serious injuries and were flown to Khartoum for medical treatment, while the other two are now being treated at a medical centre in El-Fasher. All of the six were from the Rwandese contingent."
The AU said three of its soldiers were killed by Sudan Liberation Army rebels in October. An AU peacekeeper was killed in an ambush in Darfur on May 29.