Sudan: UNAMID peacekeepers ambushed near Geneina, West Darfur

El Fasher, 10 November 2008 - On Sunday 9 November, at about 17:45 hrs, a UNAMID Peacekeepers patrol from the Nigerian Protection Force Company stationed at the Geneina Super Camp, in West Darfur, was ambushed by a group of unknown men, armed with Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and AK-47 assault rifles, in the Super Camp vicinity.

The patrol returned fire in self-defense and one Peacekeeper was injured in the arm during the ensuing firefight, while a UNAMID vehicle was stolen by the attackers. The wounded soldier was evacuated at 20:15 hrs from El Geneina to UNAMID Level 2 Medical Facility in El Fasher, North Darfur, where he was admitted for treatment and listed in stable condition.

The African Union - United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur strongly condemn this unprovoked and dastardly attack, which will not deter it from resolutely pursuing its peacekeeping mandate and operations.

UNAMID is investigating the circumstances of this ambush and, once again, reminds all parties that attacks against Peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.