KHARTOUM: Three peacekeepers have been shot and wounded in Sudan’s East Darfur region, the African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UMAID) said on Tuesday.
This is the second attack this month in a volley of similar attacks against Blue Helmets in the same area.
The incident occurred on Monday in Darfur, where clashes between two Arab tribes killed 190 people this month alone.
The patrol of UNAMID in Darfur was attacked by an unknown group of armed militants, about 36 kilometres northeast of the East Darfur state capital Ed Daein, said a UNAMID media officer, Rania Abdulrahman.
“During the fight three peacekeepers sustained gunshot wounds,” she said.
Reinforcements from the UNAMID base in Ed Daein fought the attackers, while the wounded peacekeepers were taken to Ed Daein for treatment, Abdulrahman added.
Earlier, a UNAMID police patrol was ambushed in Ed Daein on August 12, but there were no injuries according to the UN Mission.
The region surrounding the town was the scene of continuous fighting between the Rezeigat and Maaliya tribes this month.
Last Friday the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that aid groups “remain deeply concerned about the insecurity in East Darfur”.
Inter-ethnic fighting has been largely responsible for an upsurge of violence in Darfur this year.
Hundreds of people have died in the tribal battles, largely between Arab groups, and hundreds of thousands of others have been displaced.
Thirteen peacekeepers have died in hostile action in Darfur since last October.