Gunmen kill blue helmet serving with UN-AU mission in Darfur
|Publisher||UN News Service|
|Publication Date||29 February 2012|
|Cite as||UN News Service, Gunmen kill blue helmet serving with UN-AU mission in Darfur, 29 February 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f539d8b2.html [accessed 21 April 2014]|
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Today's killing means at least 36 UNAMID peacekeepers have been killed as a result of hostile action since the mission took over from an earlier AU peace operation at the start of 2008.
On Saturday, two other peacekeepers were wounded but survived a shooting attack on the bus in which they were travelling.
More than 23,000 uniformed personnel, including over 17,700 troops, serve with UNAMID across the war-scarred and arid Darfur region of western Sudan, and they are tasked with helping to protect civilians in a region in conflict since 2003.