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U.N. peacekeepers killed in Sudan attack

EL FASHER, Sudan, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Three U.N. peacekeeping personnel were killed while on patrol in North Darfur state in Sudan, the joint U.N.-African Union Mission said.

The mission said two soldiers and a police adviser were killed and six other peacekeepers were injured when their patrol was attacked Monday in the Zam Zam refugee camp south of El Fasher in North Darfur, Radio Dabanga, Darfur reported.

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One assailant was killed.

Ibrahim Gambari, head of the joint mission in Darfur, condemned the attack "on our peacekeepers who have worked selflessly to bring security to the internally displaced persons of Zam Zam camp where so many Darfuris have sought refuge."

He said the patrol was a regularly nightly operation of unarmed police advisers and armed military escorts.

"This deplorable incident will not deter UNAMID's strong commitment to its mission to protect the people of Darfur," Gambari said.

He called on the Sudanese authorities to investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Since peacekeeping troops were deployed in 2007, 33 have died in attacks but no one has been brought to trial, Radio Dabanga said.

Gambari said an attack on international peacekeepers is a war crime.

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