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Two Egyptian peacekeepers killed in South Darfur

May 7, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Unidentified gunmen killed two Egyptian peacekeepers during an ambush against a UNAMID convoy in South Darfur today, the hybrid mission said.

Egyptian peacekeepers from the Engineer Corps stand at attention after arriving at the UNAMID headquarters, on the outskirts of El Fasher, July 24, 2008 (Reuters)The peacekeepers convoy with three vehicles and 20 military personnel was ambushed near Katila village, 85km south of Edd al Fursan, South Darfur, at 11:30am. The assailants fled the area when the Egyptian contingent returned fire.

The attack left further three injured soldiers who had been air-lifted to UNAMID’s hospital in Nyala, capitalof South Darfur state.

This attack brings to 24 the number of UNAMID personnel killed in Darfur since the Mission’s was established in January 2008.

The head of UNAMID, Ibrahim Gambari condemned the attack on the Egyptian peacekeepers stressing that "UNAMID remains undaunted and unwavering in its commitment to carrying out its mandate in the service of peace".

He called on the Sudanese government to identify, capture and swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice.

In New York, the members of the Security Council denounced the attack on UNAMID peacekeepers in Darfur on 7 May. They further expressed their condolences to the families of those killed in the attacks as well as to the Government of Egypt.

In a statement issued on Friday, they also reaffirmed their "full support for UNAMID and their call on all parties in Darfur to co-operate fully with the mission."

(ST)