Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Two UN peacekeepers injured in South Sudan - UNMIS has 6,300 troops in S Sudan

In the second attack on a UN post in southern Sudan in less than a week, two UN peacekeepers from Bangladesh were wounded Mar 19 when 100 armed men tried to confine the blue helmets to their base in order to loot other compounds in Yambio near the border with the DR Congo, reported UN News/ST March 20, 2006.

The two wounded men were hit by ricocheting bullets rather than any fired at them. Initial indications are that the attackers were seeking communications equipment, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported. Three of the gunmen were killed in the attack, which occurred just past midnight on Saturday and ended soon after local Sudanese troops reached the scene. UNMIS said security will be upgraded at the base.

Note, UNMIS, which is authorised to field up to 10,000 military personnel to support implementation of the January 9, 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CAP) between the Sudanese government and southern rebels SPLM/A, currently has 6,300 uniformed personnel on the ground. The separate uprising in Darfur is not covered by the CAP.

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