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UN outrage at peacekeeper’s killing in Darfur

From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Security Council, United Nations’ supreme body, has denounced the killing of a Nigerian peacekeeper in a carjacking incident in Darfur.
Council President, Sacha Sergio Llorentty Solíz, said the fatal attack by
an unidentified group was condemnable in the strongest terms.
The peacekeeper was killed following an attack on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in the southern Nyala area recently.
Members of the Security Council expressed their sympathy and condolences to the family of the victim, as well as to the people and Government of Nigeria as well as to UNAMID.
They called on Sudan to conduct a full investigation into the attack and
bring the perpetrators to justice.
They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers might constitute war crimes under international law.
Members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for UNAMID and called on all parties in Darfur to cooperate fully with the mission.
UNAMID was deployed in 2007 to stem a deadly civil war in Darfur four
years earlier.
Thousands of Darfuris have been killed and nearly 2 million displaced.

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