Four UN peacekeepers still unaccounted for in Darfur

April 16th, 2010 - 1:59 am ICT by BNO News  

UNITED NATIONS (BNO NEWS) – The United Nations said Thursday that four South African peacekeepers that went missing on Sunday are still unaccounted for.

The peacekeepers have been working with the joint African Union-United Nations force in the volatile western Sudanese region of Darfur. The mission stated that they could have been seized by kidnappers or carjackers.

The unarmed police advisers’ last movement was reported at 16:00 local time on Sunday. The group, consisting of two women and two men, had just departed their team site outside Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, on a seven-kilometer journey back to their private quarters.

The AU-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has continued to mobilize all its resources in the region and is working in close cooperation with the Sudanese Government and local authorities in the search for the missing peacekeepers.

“Despite an all-out effort on every front, the peacekeepers and their vehicle remain unaccounted for,” said Ibrahim Gambari, Joint Special Representative of UNAMID. “Our concern is that that we are now facing a carjacking and abduction situation,” he said in a statement released Wednesday.

“Notwithstanding recent media reports, we have not been contacted by any party nor have we received any claim or demand of any sort,” Gambari added.

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