13 July 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

As Deadly Ambush Kills 7 Peacekeepers in Darfur, Outraged Secretary-General

Condemns Third Such ‘Heinous’ Attack in 3 Weeks


The following statement was issued on 13 July by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General was outraged to learn of a deadly attack on peacekeepers in Darfur which occurred this morning, 13 July, when unidentified armed assailants ambushed a convoy composed of troops and police of the African Union—United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in Khor Abeche, South Darfur.  Seven Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed and 17 others are injured.  Among the injured are four UNAMID police officers, including two female officers, and 13 troops.

The Secretary-General expresses his deepest sympathies to the families of the fallen peacekeepers, the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and to all UNAMID personnel.

The Secretary-General condemns this heinous attack on UNAMID, the third in three weeks, and expects that the Government of Sudan will take swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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