Secretary-General condemns deadly attack on peacekeepers in Darfur

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Two blue helmets belonging to UN peacekeepers

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned a deadly weekend attack on peacekeepers in Darfur which resulted in the deaths of three "blue helmets" from Senegal.

In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon called on the Sudanese government to bring those responsible to justice, adding that all too often peacekeepers are killed while helping to bring peace to Darfur.

The peacekeepers, who were serving at the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), were escorting a water convoy in West Darfur on Sunday when they were ambushed by unknown armed men.

Another Senegalese peacekeeper was also injured in the attack and a vehicle hijacked at the scene was later found several kilometers away.

The Secretary-General offered his condolences to the families and friends of the fallen peacekeepers and expressed his deepest sympathies to the Government of Senegal.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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