Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Four peacekeepers from the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were shot and injured while on patrol in Darfur, UNAMID said in a statement issued on Saturday.
"A UNAMID formed police unit patrol (FPU) from Togo was attacked by unidentified gunmen on 20 April just before noon while on a routine patrol," the mission said in the statement, explaining that the team of 32 officers had been patrolling in the Sisi internally-displaced persons (IDP) camp and were returning to their base camp in Mourne, West Darfur, about 70 kilometres southeast of El Geneina, when men armed with AK-47 rifles attacked them, injuring two FPU members.
It said the patrol team withdrew towards the IDP camp while a UNAMID rescue unit, also comprised of Togolese FPU members, was called in to assist.
The mission said that after the arrival of the rescue team, the combined units started to move back to Moume base and were “ambushed again by gunmen who shot and injured two more FPU officers. The FPU team returned fire, but the perpetrators fled.”
It said the teams then made their way back to base and the four wounded officers were evacuated by helicopter to the UNAMID Nigerian level 2 Hospital in EL Geneina, where they are in stable condition.
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