According to the joint AU-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Sunday morning the Mission's formed police unit was escorting a water convoy from El Geneina town to the Mission's regional headquarters in West Darfur when it was ambushed by an unidentified armed group.
Three peacekeepers were killed and one injured. The assailants hijacked one vehicle, which was later recovered seven kilometers from the scene.
"The Secretary-General offers his condolences to the families and friends of the fallen peacekeepers and expresses his deepest sympathies to the Government of the Republic of Senegal," Ban's spokesperson said in a statement.
Ban said the attacks are unacceptable and called on the government of Sudan to bring those responsible to justice.
UNAMID Joint Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas described the attack as a grave criminal act and commended the Sudanese uniformed services for pursuing the assailants and engaging them in a fire-fight, which reportedly led to casualties on both sides.
"Such incidents are a reminder to all of us of the great price everyone pays in the absence of peace. Our peacekeepers have made the ultimate sacrifice while attempting to bring peace to Darfur," Chambas said.
--IBNS (Posted on 14-10-2013)