Peacekeepers in Sudan die in landmine explosion

Peacekeepers patrol around Abyei town

Four United Nations peacekeepers serving in Sudan's troubled Abyei area were killed on Tuesday and seven others injured in a landmine explosion, the UN reports.

The Ethiopian blue helmets were part of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei or UNISFA.

The Security Council established the mission after heavy fighting between northern and southern Sudanese troops in the area forced 100,000 people out of their homes.

Martin Nesirky is the Secretary-General's spokesperson.

"The Secretary-General is saddened by the death of four peacekeepers serving in the United Nations interim security force in Abyei, [who] were killed during a landmine detonation during a patrol in Mabok, southeast of the town of Abyei on the second of August 2011. The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those killed, as well as to the Government of Ethiopia. He also expresses his concern for the well-being of the seven other peacekeepers who were injured in the explosion."

More than 500 troops, all Ethiopian, have been deployed to the area since June.

UNIFSA is in charge of monitoring and verifying the withdrawal of all armed forces from the Abyei area.

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