Six UN peacekeepers killed in Darfur

July 9th, 2008 - 10:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Nairobi/Khartoum, July 9 (DPA) Six members of the joint UN and African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) have been killed in an attack, reports said Wednesday. Four Rwandan soldiers and two policemen - one from Ghana and one from Uganda - were killed when a convoy of around 40 armoured vehicles attacked the troops while they were on patrol, the BBC reported quoting a UN source.

Another seven peacekeepers were wounded and many more were missing, the BBC said.

No-one from UNAMID was available to confirm the reports.

The joint mission in the restive western province of Sudan is way below strength, with less than 10,000 of the planned 26,000 military personnel in place.

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