Unamid chief says Darfur ambushers heavily armed


KHARTOUM: Attackers who killed seven peacekeepers in Sudan’s Darfur were armed with anti-aircraft guns, the head of the African Union-United Nations mission said on Sunday (Monday in Manila), calling for a review of whether his men have the tools to deal with worsening insecurity.

Saturday’s ambush left seven Tanzanian troops dead and wounded 17 other military and police personnel from the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (Unamid).

“They had RPGs. They had AK-47s and they apparently even had anti-aircraft guns,” Unamid chief Mohamed Ibn Chambas said after inspecting the patrol’s bullet-damaged vehicles—including a marked ambulance.

“So they were well-armed and they came in about 10 vehicles,” he said, citing preliminary reports.

Chambas spoke after returning from Khor Abeche, where the ill-fated patrol was based north of the South Darfur state capital Nyala.

It was the worst attack in Unamid’s five-year history.

“We are all very saddened by it,” Chambas said.



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