Deadly ambush on humanitarian workers in Darfur

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A fatal attack on humanitarian workers in Darfur has been condemned by the United Nations.

The incident occurred on Tuesday as representatives from the UN agency and the Ministry of Health were returning from a routine mission in West Darfur.

More than 2.5 million people in the region require aid but humanitarian workers there continue to face insecurity and danger, according to the United Nations.

Dianne Penn reports.

The two Ministry of Health staff and a doctor from the World Health Organization (WHO) are part of a team that is investigating whether guinea-worm disease is still prevalent in Sudan.

They were ambushed by armed gunmen who killed their driver and a security officer.

Their vehicle was also stolen but the aid workers were not harmed.

Dr. Naeema Hassan al-Gaseer, WHO representative in Sudan, has deplored the attack but said the agency will continue to "work tirelessly" to provide vulnerable people with health access.

The UN reports that since January, there have been more than 130 security incidents involving humanitarian workers and peacekeepers in Darfur.

This includes abductions, armed attacks, carjackings and other crimes.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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