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UN-AU mission condemns attack that killed seven peacekeepers in Darfur

13 July 2013 – The joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today strongly condemned the attack on one of its patrols, which killed seven peacekeepers and wounded 17 military and police personnel.

"The Mission condemns in the strongest possible terms those responsible for this heinous attack on our peacekeepers," said UNAMID Joint Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas.

"The perpetrators should be on notice that they will be pursued for this crime and gross violation of international humanitarian law."

In a news release, UNAMID said the patrol was ambushed and came under heavy fire from a large unidentified group at 9:00 hours approximately 25 kilometres west of the Mission's Khor Abeche team site.

Following an extended firefight, the patrol was extracted by UNAMID reinforcements that arrived from the Mission's Khor Abeche and Manawashi sites.

Seven UNAMID military peacekeepers were killed and 17 military and police personnel, among them two female police advisers, were wounded.


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