Secretary-General deplores death of peacekeeper in North Darfur

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Senegalese peacekeepers with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) train at their team site in Um Baro, North Darfur, Sudan. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Government of Sudan to take swift action to bring perpetrators of Sunday's attack on an African Union- United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) convoy to justice.

A soldier from Rwanda was shot during an attack on the road from Kabkabiya to Saraf Umra in North Darfur by a group of unknown armed assailants.

The soldier succumbed to his injuries later in the Mission's hospital in Kabkabiya. One of the UNAMID vehicles was hijacked by the attackers.

Martin Nesirky is the spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

"The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned in the strongest terms the attack by unidentified armed assailants on a convoy of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in which one Rwandan peacekeeper was killed.The Secretary-General said he expects the Government of Sudan to take swift action to bring the perpetrators of this and previous attacks on UNAMID to justice."  (22″)

This latest attack has now raised to 14 the number of peacekeepers the Mission has lost in 2013 alone, UNAMID notes.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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