UN says four peacekeepers killed in Sudan's Abyei

August 2, 2011 19:54

UNITED NATIONS- Four Ethiopian UN peacekeepers were killed on Tuesday by a landmine in Sudan's disputed Abyei region, the first deaths suffered by the new blue-helmeted force in the territory, a UN spokesman said.

"The Secretary-General (Ban Ki-moon) is saddened by the death of four peacekeepers serving in the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei who were killed by a landmine detonation during a patrol in Mabok, southeast of Abyei town," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

Seven other peacekeepers were wounded in the explosion, he said.

In response to escalating fighting there, the U.N. Security Council in June authorized the deployment of 4,200 Ethiopian troops to the Abyei region for six months.

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