UNITED NATIONS, United States: Attackers swooped on a United Nations (UN) water convoy in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region on Sunday (Monday in Manila), killing three Senegalese peace-keepers, the UN said.
It was the second deadly attack on the UN mission in Darfur, UNAMID, in three days and UN leader Ban Ki-moon called on the Sudanese government to act over the incidents.
UNAMID did not identify the group behind the latest attack in which a fourth Senegalese soldier was also wounded.
The peacekeepers were escorting a water convoy from the town of El Geneina to the UN mission’s regional headquarters in West Darfur when they were ambushed, UNAMID said in a statement.
The assailants hijacked a vehicle that was recovered four miles (seven kilometers) away.
Another UNAMID patrol was attacked on the same road a year ago.
UN peacekeepers have increasingly become a target for ambushes and attacks in the western region of Sudan, which has been at war for the past decade. The UN says at least 300,000 people have died in the conflict.
Assailants killed a Zambian military observer with in the main North Darfur city of El Fasher on Friday.
In July, seven Tanzanian soldiers and a Sierra Leone police officer were killed and 16 others wounded near Nyala, one of the main cities in Darfur.