Nine persons killed, four others wounded by unknown gunmen in Darfur

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Nine persons have been killed and four others injured in an attack by unknown armed men in Central Darfur State, according to Saturday's edition of the Al Rai Al Aam (public opinion) daily newspaper.

The paper said the attack was carried out at dawn Friday on Abta locality, about 35 km north of Zalinge, capital of Central Darfur State, adding that the wounded were rushed to hospital.  

Meanwhile, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, in statement on Friday, on the occasion of his end of the year assessment of the situation in the Sudan, said that the peacekeeping mission in the region had "a difficult year".

"In fact, we’ve had in the Republic of Sudan a difficult year with a new increase in attacks by armed groups which resulted in about 400,000 more internally-displaced people in Darfur." Ladsous said in the statement, received by PANA in Khartoum, Saturday.

He said some 14 peacekeepers were killed during the year, "which is totally unacceptable", for which the UN has consistently called for accountability.

However, he added that at the same time, the UN and African Union will continue working on the Doha process, in order to get more signatories involved.
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14 december 2013 14:40:27




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