Seven peacekeepers killed in Sudan's Darfur region

July 13, 2013 21:50

CAIRO - Seven international peacekeepers were killed and 17 wounded when they came under heavy fire from a large group of unknown assailants in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region on Saturday, the peacekeeping force UNAMID said.

The incident took place in an area where peacekeeping is the responsibility of Tanzanian forces, and was the force's worst death toll from a single incident since it was deployed five years ago.

The "extended firefight" happened near Khor Abeche in South Darfur, the African Union/United Nations-led force said in a statement, without confirming nationalities. Two of the 17 wounded soldiers and police officers were female.

Years of international peace efforts have failed to end conflict in Sudan's western region of Darfur, where mainly African tribes took up arms in 2003 against the Arab-led government in Khartoum, which they accuse of discriminating against them.

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