KHARTOUM, Three Ethiopian peacekeepers belonging to the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur ( UNAMID) were killed by unknown gunmen in the restive western Sudanese region of Darfur on Thursday, the mission said in a statement.
The statement noted that “two military personnel of the UNAMID were killed and one seriously injured in Korma, North Darfur, by a group of unidentified armed men, and the injured soldier later succumbed to his wounds and died in Khartoum.”
This happened when a patrol of Ethiopian peacekeepers guarding a water borehole came under sudden attack. The perpetrators seized a patrol vehicle and fled the scene.
Acting Joint Special Representative Abidoun Bashua, who is heading the mission, was deeply saddened by this incident, according to the statement.
“I strongly condemn this heinous crime against our peacekeepers, ” he was quoted as saying.
“This reminds us all of the great price everyone pays for the absence of peace. UNAMID personnel, as many others before them, lost their lives while attempting to bring peace to the people of Darfur,” he added.
The unfortunate incident was reported to the Sudanese Foreign Minister early this evening. The Acting JSR called on the Government of Sudan to act swiftly in bringing the perpetrators to justice. “An attack on peacekeepers constitutes a war crime is punishable under international criminal law,” he added.
Bashua also extended the Mission’s and his own deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of the late peacekeepers, and to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia.
This incident brings the number of peacekeepers who lost their lives in hostile action in Darfur to 61 since the inception of the Mission in December 2007.