United nations, UN, Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, and the United Nations Security Council, UNSC, have condemned the killing, last Friday, of a Nigerian UNAMID peacekeeper in Sudan.
The Nigerian was killed by unidentified armed assailants during an attack on a UNAMID military position in Muhajeria, East Darfur, Sudan.
“In the early morning hours of 19 April, one peacekeeper of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) was shot dead and two others injured in an attack by unidentified assailants on the mission’s team site near Muhagiriya,” said mission spokeswoman Aicha Elbasri in a statement.
“UNAMID is investigating the events surrounding the incident and working in coordination with [the] government of Sudan to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice, as any attack on international peacekeepers is a crime under international law,” said the official.
Two peacekeepers were also injured in the incident. The UNSC, in a statement, said it strongly condemned the attack on UNAMID peacekeepers, and urged the Sudanese government to “swiftly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.”
UNAMID on its part said it was investigating the events surrounding the incident and is currently working with the Sudanese government.
More than 40 peacekeepers have been killed during UNAMID’s five-year history and the U.N. has repeatedly called for perpetrators to be brought to justice.