WASHINGTON - The US State Department said
on Thursday it was "appalled" by an attack that killed four
Nigerian peacekeepers and wounded eight others earlier this week
in Sudan's western Darfur region.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland
said the United
States condemns the ambush on UNAMID personnel that occurred on
Oct. 2, and called for an investigation into the attack and for
those responsible for the violence to be held accountable.
UNAMID, the world's largest peacekeeping mission, was
deployed by the United Nations
and the African Union
in the arid
western territory after insurgents took up arms in 2003. The
conflict has led to thousands of deaths.