UNAMID’s Chief condemns killing of peacekeeper in Sudan

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Captain Ajaya Rana serving with UNAMID, takes part in the commemoration of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers Photo: UN

PANA

Khartoum, Sudan-A UNAMID Military Observer from Zambia died 11 Oct. in Al Fashir in Sudan’s North Darfur state, following an attack by armed men who stabbed him and hijacked his vehicle, the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said Sunday.

UNAMID said in a statement made available to PANA here that the incident occurred when the officer was parking a mission vehicle in his private accommodation.

The victim was immediately transferred to a UNAMID medical facility where he passed away later the same day, it said.

“I condemn in the strongest terms this criminal and ruthless act. An attack on a peacekeeper is a war crime. UNAMID personnel are here in the service of peace and to protect the people of Darfur,” UNAMID Joint Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas was quoted as saying.

“I call on the Government of Sudan to do its utmost to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice. We affirm our usual readiness to closely cooperate with the relevant authorities to make that happen,” he added.

Mr. Chambas also condoled with the family and friends of the late peacekeeper, and to the Government of Zambia, and commended the sacrifices that UNAMID peacekeepers make in their constant effort to bring peace to Darfur.