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Latest update : 2009-05-08

A United Nations peacekeeper was shot dead and his car was stolen by unidentified gunmen in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, UN sources say. The officer was killed in front of his home while parking his car on Thursday.

AFP - A UN peacekeeper was shot dead and his car stolen by unknown gunmen in the South Darfur state capital Nyala, a spokesman for the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said on Friday.
   
The officer, whose name and nationality were not released, was killed in front of his home while parking his car on Thursday night, UNAMID spokesman Kemal Saiki said.
   
"Gunmen shot him when he was parking his car," Saiki said, adding that the car was later found abandoned seven kilometres (four miles) from Nyala.
   
The UN-African Union joint special representative to Darfur, Rodolphe Adada, condemned the attack as a "war crime".
   
"Attacks against peacekeepers are considered war crimes," he said.
   
Another UNAMID peacekeeper was killed in Nyala when his patrol was ambushed in March.
   
The latest death brought to 15 the number of peacekeepers killed since the joint force took over from a beleaguered African Union mission in January 2008.
 

Date created : 2009-05-08

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