UN compound attacked in Sudan

Gunmen have attacked a compound of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in southern Sudan, killing one person and critically wounding two others.

    Guterres' mission is to return 350,000 refugees to south Sudan

    One of the gunmen was killed and the other was captured in the Wednesday night raid in the town of Yei, the UNHCR said on Thursday.

    The gunmen, who broke into the compound, killed one of its Sudanese guards. They also shot a foreigner working for the UNHCR in the stomach and a second local guard in the leg, the statement said.

    The staffer and the guard, who were flown to Juba, the main city in southern Sudan, early on Thursday are in critical condition in the local hospital.

    The agency plans to fly the wounded to Nairobi, Kenya, for further medical treatment.

    Difficult operation

    "This is a shocking event, and our hearts and thoughts are with the family of the deceased and with critically ill staff members fighting for their lives," the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ant?nio Guterres, said in the statement.

    "This attack just underscores the difficulties UNHCR faces in our operations in South Sudan where we are trying to create an environment for thousands of refugees in neighbouring countries to be able to return home," Guterres said.

    The UNHCR mission in Yei is part of an operation to enable 350,000 refugees to return to southern Sudan from neighbouring countries in the wake of the January 2005 peace treaty that ended a 20-year civil war.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    North Korea's nuclear weapons: Here is what we know

    North Korea's nuclear weapons