AU soldiers killed in Darfur attack

Gunmen kill five Senegalese peacekeepers in deadliest attack since AU deployment.

    The African Union peacekeeping contingent has
    faced renewed violence in Darfur [EPA]

    A spokesman for the Senegalese military said the soldiers were attacked by "elements" of the Sudan Liberation Army [SLA], a signatory to a peace accord for Darfur signed with Sudan's government last year.

     

    The attack comes amid fresh violence in Darfur. On Saturday, a helicopter carrying a senior officer of the African Mission in Sudan [AMIS] came under fire.   

     

    According to Mezni, Sunday's attack brought to 15 the number of AU troops killed in Darfur since they were first deployed.

     

    Another soldier has been missing for months.

     

    Helicopter attacked 

     

    Your Views

    "Clearly, Darfur needs help from the rest of the world"

    Jack, Houston, USA

    Send us your views

    A helicopter carrying AMIS' deputy commander was attacked Saturday as it was on its way from Zalengei in western Darfur to the AMIS headquarters in El-Fasher. Nobody was injured.

     

    Sunday's attack on the peacekeepers comes amid increasing ethnic unrest in Darfur, where at least 62 members of an Arab tribe were killed in an attack on Saturday.

     

    The AU has 7,000 troops in Darfur but is under-funded and ill-equipped.

     

    Out of three negotiating rebel groups, only the SLA has signed a peace deal with the Khartoum government.

     

    The agreement has made little impact, with splinter groups involved in the renewed violence.

     

    According to the UN, at least 200,000 people have died and more than two million have fled their homes since February 2003, when rebels took up arms against Khartoum.

     

    Darfuris say government-backed militias known as Janjawid have stormed through their villages, killing, raping and burning down houses.

     

    The government has denied links to the Janjawid.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    When somebody dies lonely and alone, Miyu Kojima steps in to clean their home and organise the mementos of their life.

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    The rise of the Orthodox Church in Russia appears unstoppable, write filmmakers Glen Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna who went to investigate the close ties between the church and Putin.

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    Much of India's media spurns a scoop about the son of PM Modi's right-hand man. Plus, NFL as platform for race politics.