Sudan opens investigation into deadly attack on Darfur peacekeepers

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Mohammed Ibn Chambas

Sudan has launched an investigation into the recent deadly ambush that resulted in the deaths of seven Tanzanian peacekeepers serving in Darfur, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Mohammed Ibn Chambas, head of the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), added that an internal investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The peacekeepers were killed and 17 other mission personnel injured when unidentified armed assailants fired on a UNAMID convoy during a patrol in South Darfur on 13 July.

"We in the UNAMID family are counting on the government of Sudan to investigate this war crime and bring the perpetrators to justice. I have met with senior government officials to impress upon them the mission's readiness to cooperate with any such process, and we have been informed by the special prosecutor for Darfur war crimes only this week that his office has opened an investigation into the ambush of our personnel."

Chambas said military personnel from the peacekeeping operation have come under attack four times in the past four months.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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