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Peacekeeper killed in Darfur ambush
Soldier is killed and two others wounded in attack on convoy by unidentified men.
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2009 13:05 GMT

Unamid polices the conflict between the government, rebels and state-backed militias [Reuters]

A Nigerian peacekeeper has been killed in an ambush in Sudan's western Darfur region, an official with the joint United Nations and African Union force (Unamid) has said.

Kemal Saiki, the chief of communications of Unamid, said on Tuesday that two other soldiers were wounded in the attack which occurred a day earlier.

"There was a Unamid military and police convoy escorting civilians back to our camp in El Geneina [capital of West Darfur district]. They were attacked by a group of unidentified men," Saiki said.

"They [the attackers] opened fire, apparently with no warning ...

"Targeting peacekeepers like this is not only a cowardly act, it achieves nothing. We condemn it."

Saiki said the attack brought to 17 the number of Unamid troops killed in violence since their arrival in January last year.

The UN Security Council authorised the creation of Unamid, set up to police the conflict in Darfur between the government, rebels and state-backed militias known as the Janjawid.

The force, set up jointly with the African Union, was to take over from poorly equipped AU troops who were struggling to remain effective in a conflict which the UN says has killed more than 200,000 people and left two million homeless since 2003.

The UN describes the situation in Darfur as the world's biggest humanitarian crisis.

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