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article imageUnknown gunmen shoot four Zambian UN peacekeepers in Sudan

By Joseph Zulu     May 21, 2011 in Politics
Abyei - Four Zambian Soldiers on United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission were shot and wounded by unidentified attackers near a place called Gali.
Zambian Minister of Defense, Dr. Kalombo Mwanza confirmed the report saying the soldiers were ambushed by unknown gunmen, Mmegi Online reported.
One of the soldiers is in a serious condition after being shot in the chest but that all other victims are in a stable condition in a hospital in Khartoum.
The shooting is said to have taken place in the oil-rich Abyei rehoon disputed between the government and the Southern Sudan administration.
The Sudanese army, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) has had been blamed for the attack by the Abyei administration.
"Armed elements belonging to Sudan Armed Forces camouflaged in police uniform with intention to destabilise the security of the area have this evening attacked a force of the United Nations," said a spokesman for the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Abyei.
He further added that it is clear the plan of the Sudan’s ruling party (National Congress Party) to sabotage the withdrawal of unauthorised forces adding they know they have forces which are illegally deployed in the area.
A SAF spokesperson however denied any involvement in the ambush claiming that there were several armed civilians with no link to the army carrying guns in the contested regions.
A spokesman for the UN mission condemned the attack and called for an emergency meeting on both sides.
Zambia has had a battalion and a police contingent in Sudan since the beginning of peacekeeping operation there.
The UN has at least 9000 troops and 700 international police officers enforcing a 2005 peace deal that ended the civil war between ethnic African South and Sudan’s Arab dominated government.
According to Kouider Zerrouk, a spokesperson for the UN Mission, unidentified assailants shot and wounded four United Nations peacekeepers while they were patrolling a disputed Abyei area of Sudan on Tuesday, the Zambian Watchdog reported.
The four blue helmets all from Zambia were evacuated to Abyei for medical treatment after the incident which happened around 4:40pm.
Meanwhile, more than 80 rebels and civilians were killed when insurgents attacked a camp in south Sudan on Tuesday, according to the Lusakatimes.
The latest violence seems to be aimed at ruining preparations for the region’s independence.
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