The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned “in the strongest terms” the latest attacks against a peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur region, which left a peacekeeper dead.
The soldier died when Rwanda peacekeepers intervened to stop fighting that broke out between Arab and Fur tribesmen about 200 m from Kabkabiya Base Camp, North Darfur.
Ban was deeply disturbed to learn of another attack by unidentified armed assailants on a convoy of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) near Kabkabiya, North Darfur, in which one Rwandan peacekeeper was killed,” said a statement issued here by Ban’s spokesperson on the night of May 25, 2014.
In a reaction to this RDF Spokesperson, Brig Gen Joseph Nzabamwita on May 25, 2014 said that “When the Commanding Officer was approaching, the Arabs opened fire on Rwanda peacekeepers.”
“Consequently 3 of our soldiers sustained injuries. One was shot in the chest and later died at Level II Hospital, the other two sustained non life threatening injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment,” Nzabamwita.
“In self defense and in line with the mission mandate of protecting civilians, our forces retaliated and 4 of the attackers were killed in action.”
“We condemn in strongest terms this cowardly act of attacking Peacekeepers, acting in good faith to bring peace to Darfur,“ he said.
“Our Peacekeepers will not be intimidated by such criminal acts and shall continue to aggressively protect innocent civilians and the Defence of our Troops in line with our mandate,” he added.
RDF expresses it’s heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased.
The names of the deceased will be released once the next of kin have been informed. May the soul of the fallen peacekeeper rest in eternal peace.
While expressing his condolences to the fallen peacekeeper’s family Ban called upon the Sudanese government to take swift action to bring the perpetrators of this and previous attacks on UNAMID to justice.