Friday, December 04, 2009

UNAMID: 2 Rwandan peacekeepers killed, 3 wounded in Saraf Umra, North Darfur, western Sudan

Two Rwandan peacekeepers have been killed and three seriously wounded in Sudan's Darfur region, the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force says.

A spokesman for Unamid said gunmen had fired on 20 peacekeepers escorting a water tanker near houses and a market.

Unamid spokesman Kemal Saiki told reporters the group of Rwandan peacekeepers had been ambushed by unknown armed men.

The peacekeepers had returned fire on their attackers as they fled but had been careful to avoid civilian casualties, he said.

The attack took place about 2km (1.24 miles) from a Unamid base in the village of Saraf Omra, near a Sudanese government checkpoint.

As of late October, Unamid had just over 19,000 uniformed personnel on the ground in Darfur.

Full story: BBC at 21:04 GMT, Friday, 4 December 2009.

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