ICC Prosecutor says attacks on peacekeepers could constitute war crimes

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Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) says attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes.

In a statement issued on Friday, Fatou Bensouda condemned last weekend's deadly ambush on a convoy of blue helmets serving at the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

Bensouda called on the government of Sudan to carry out a prompt and full investigation into the 13 July attack in which seven peacekeepers from Tanzania were killed and 17 others were injured.

She said her office will not hesitate to investigate and prosecute those alleged to have committed such crimes should the national authorities fail to.

More than 50 peacekeepers have been killed in Darfur since UNAMID's inception in January 2008.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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