Three Senegalese peacekeepers killed in Darfur: UN
UNITED NATIONS - Three Senegalese peacekeepers with the UNAMID mission in Darfur were killed and another was wounded when unknown attackers ambushed them Sunday, the United Nations said.
The peacekeepers were escorting a water convoy from the town of El Geneina to the UN mission's regional headquarters in West Darfur when the deadly incident occurred, UNAMID said in a statement.
The ambush took place on the same road where a UNAMID patrol was ambushed a year ago, and came just two days after assailants killed a Zambian military observer with the mission in North Darfur.
In addition to the latest attack, the assailants hijacked a vehicle that was later recovered four miles (seven kilometers) from the scene.
UNAMID Joint Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas was "deeply saddened" by the "grave criminal act," the mission said.
He urged the Sudanese government to bring the perpetrators to justice, and thanked local authorities for pursuing the attackers and engaging them in a firefight said to have wounded people on both sides.
Violence in Darfur and against UNAMID workers has worsened this year in the far-western region, where the uprising against authorities in Khartoum began a decade ago.
Hundreds of people have died in tribal fighting, largely between Arab groups which analysts say are acting outside government control.
The deadliest attack yet against UNAMID forces occurred in July, when seven Tanzanian soldiers and one Sierra Leone police officer were killed and 16 others wounded near a base north of Nyala, one of the main cities in Darfur.