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Remember the Fallen

Sudan (West Darfur), 30 June 2011

An UN peacekeeper serving with the joint United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) died after being shot while travelling in the west of the troubled Sudanese region.

A UN helicopter landing in Abyei in May 2011.

Peacekeepers from the Nigerian battalion of the UN-African
Union Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), in 2008, preparing
for a night patrol through Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)
camps in El Geneina, the state capital of West Darfur, Sudan.
(UN Photo/Stuart Price)

UNAMID issued a statement on 2 July 2011 saying the peacekeeper, from Ethiopia, died of his injuries the same day of the shooting, which took place in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state.

The slain peacekeeper and four Ethiopian colleagues were travelling in a UN minivan between El Geneina airport and the town itself when an unknown assailant at the side of the road fired at the vehicle.

A second peacekeeper sustained an injury to an arm in the attack, and was in stable condition in a hospital afterwards. UNAMID said no motive has been established for the killing, which is being investigated by both the mission's military police and by local Sudanese police.

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