Ban slams peacekeeper killing

September 30, 2009 12:00 am

, UNITED NATIONS, Sept 30 – UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack on a joint UN-African Union mission in Darfur that left one Nigerian peacekeeper dead.

"The Secretary General condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack on a UNAMID convoy which took place yesterday in El Geneina, west Darfur leaving one peacekeeper dead and two others injured," a UN statement said.

Ban appealed to the Sudanese government "to do its utmost to identify the perpetrators and to hold them accountable for this deadly attack."

Two Kenyan peacekeepers were also wounded in the attack, one of them seriously, but both were in stable condition, UNAMID officials said.

Monday’s death brought to 17 the number of peacekeepers killed since UNAMID began operations in Darfur in January 2008.

The United Nations says up to 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million fled their homes since ethnic minority rebels in Darfur first rose up against the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum in February 2003.

The government says 10,000 people have been killed.


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