Security Council condemns deadly attack on Darfur peacekeepers

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The deadly weekend ambush in Darfur which killed seven Tanzanian peacekeepers and injured 17 others has been condemned in the strongest terms by the Security Council.

Council members issued a statement expressing their deep concern at the serious nature of the incident, calling it one of the most severe attacks on the joint African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) since its deployment.

The attack took place during a patrol in South Darfur on Saturday. So far, no one has claimed responsibility, says Christopher Cycmanek, acting spokesperson at the mission.

"No one's claimed responsibility and a board of inquiry has been set up to look into details to see if we can try to ascertain who was behind the attack and, of course, the motive. Our Joint Special Representative, Mr. Chambas, as well the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Ladsous, I've seen statements from them, and also from the Secretary-General, indicating that those responsible must be brought to justice and must face the law for the killing and injury to our peacekeepers who of course are here in the service of Darfur's people."

According to Cycmanek, 51 blue helmets have been killed in Darfur since the inception of the peacekeeping mission in January 2008.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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