2 Darfur peacekeepers injured in ambush

New York, US (PANA) - Two peacekeepers with the joint UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) have been injured after they were ambushed on Friday by unidentified gunmen in the west of the troubled Sudanese region, a UNAMID statement said on Sunday.

The statement, which was made available to PANA in New York, said "one of the soldiers is in a serious condition in a hospital in Khartoum after sustaining a gunshot wound to the shoulder."

"The other peacekeeper, who was shot in the hand, was taken to a UNAMID hospital in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state, where he is in a stable condition," it said, adding that the attack occurred as peacekeepers escorted two fuel tankers between two camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near El Geneina.

The attack comes just three weeks after an Ethiopian peacekeeper serving with UNAMID was slain by gunmen, also near
El Geneina, the statement said, adding that UNAMID was investigating the latest incident.

Last Friday, UNAMID head Ibrahim Gambari called for stepped-up efforts to reach a comprehensive peace deal to end the conflict in Darfur.

Gambari made the call at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, saying; "The imperative of peace is now as the people of Darfur have suffered too long and too deeply."

The Darfur conflict, which has been going on since 2003 between Sudanese government forces, allied militia and rebels, has claimed over 300,000 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands.
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24 july 2011 15:57:47

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