Muhyadin Ahmed Roble, AfricaNews reporter in Nairobi, Kenya
Sudan has arrested gunmen suspected of killing two U.N.-African Union peacekeepers in the Sudanese war-torn region of Darfur, local official said. The governor of South Darfur Abdel-Hamid Moussa Kasha confirmed the arrest of the suspected men who ambushed a military convoy of three vehicles with 20 personnel.
The ambush which took place near Katila village, 85 kilometres south of Eddal Fursan, South Darfur, killed two peacekeepers and seriously wounded another three.
Sudan police spokesperson, Mohamed Abdel Majid told Sudanese’s news agency, SUNA, that they are investigating and collecting data, pointing out that the regular forces were still hunting down the remaining members of the gang.
UN secretary general ban ki-moon called on the Sudanese authorities to launch an immediate investigation and to identify, apprehend and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The attack brings to 24 the number of UNAMID peacekeepers killed in Darfur since the Mission moved there in January 2008.
Law and order in the Western Region of Darfur has collapsed since 2003 when black African rebels began to take arms against the Sudan government.
The ongoing conflicts in Darfur has killed some 300,000 people and displaced more than 2.5 million others, according to the UN report. Sudan however said only 10,000 people are dead.