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3 peacekeepers shot and wounded in Sudan's Darfur: UNAMID

Thirteen peacekeepers have been killed in hostile action in Darfur since last October

AFP/PTI  |  Khartoum 

Three have been shot and wounded in Sudan's East region, the mission said, the second attack this month against Blue Helmets in the same area.

The incident occurred on Monday in the region where, according to the UN, fighting between two Arab tribes this month killed 190 people.

An "unknown armed group" attacked a patrol of the African Union-UN Mission in (UNAMID) about 36 kilometres (22 miles) northeast of the East state capital Ed Daein, said Rania Abdulrahman, a media officer.

"During the firefight three sustained gunshot wounds," she told AFP.

Reinforcements from the base in Ed Daein "repelled the attackers," while the wounded were taken to Ed Daein for treatment, Abdulrahman added.

On August 12 a police patrol was ambushed in Ed Daein but there were no injuries, UNAMID said earlier.

The region surrounding the town was the scene of fighting between the Rezeigat and Maaliya tribes this month.

Last Friday the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that aid groups "remain deeply concerned about the insecurity in East Darfur".

UNAMID says inter-ethnic fighting has been largely responsible for an upsurge of violence in Sudan's far-west this year.

Hundreds of people have died in the tribal battles, largely between Arab groups, and hundreds of thousands of have been displaced.

Thirteen peacekeepers have been killed in hostile action in Darfur since last October.

One of those deaths came in April when "armed men in military uniforms" attacked a UNAMID base in the Muhagiriya area, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reported in July.

Muhagiriya is about 100 kilometres northwest of Monday's attack.

Seven UNAMID troops were killed last month during an ambush north of Nyala, South Darfur's capital. It was the worst-ever attack in the mission's five-year history.

UN sources say they are unaware of anyone having been held accountable in for killing a peacekeeper, despite repeated UN calls for perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Non-Arabs in Darfur rose up 10 years ago against what they saw as the domination of Sudan's power and wealth by Arab elites.

In response, government-backed Janjaweed militias shocked the world with atrocities against them.

Although the rebellion continues, analysts say Sudan's crisis-hit regime now has less money for its militias, who are acting outside government control and have been a major contributor to violence in the region this year.

First Published: Wed, August 28 2013. 04:10 IST