US State Department 'appalled' by ambush in western Darfur

WASHINGTON - The US State Department saidon Thursday it was "appalled" by an attack that killed fourNigerian peacekeepers and wounded eight others earlier this weekin Sudan's western Darfur region.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the UnitedStates condemns the ambush on UNAMID personnel that occurred onOct. 2, and called for an investigation into the attack and forthose responsible for the violence to be held accountable.

UNAMID, the world's largest peacekeeping mission, wasdeployed by the United Nations and the African Union in the aridwestern territory after insurgents took up arms in 2003. Theconflict has led to thousands of deaths.