Nyala, 12 August 2012 - A peacekeeper with the African Union - United Nations Mission (UNAMID) was today killed and another injured while performing their duty of protecting civilians in Nyala, South Darfur.
The peacekeeper, from Bangladesh's Formed Police Unit, lost his life at approximately 3:15 a.m., when a gang surrounded and fired at the staff in the Mission's community policing centre inside the Otash camp for internally displaced persons.
The armed men fled after the police unit returned fire.
Acting Joint Special Representative (JSR) Aichatou Mindaoudou strongly condemned the attack which, she stressed, constitutes a war crime under international law.
“The attack on our peacekeepers is cowardly deplorable and our thoughts go to the families and friends of the fallen and the injured,” said the acting JSR. Also, she called on the Government of Sudan to continue to make serious efforts to apprehend the culprits and bring them to justice.
Since the initial deployment of UNAMID on 31 December 2007, 38 peacekeepers have been killed as a result of hostile actions.