Sudanese aid workers killed in Darfur

ON GUARD: Peacekeeping forces in the Darfur region. 24/02/09. © Unknown.
ON GUARD: Peacekeeping forces in the Darfur region. 24/02/09. © Unknown.

KHARTOUM - Two Sudanese working for a French humanitarian aid group in Darfur were shot and killed in a weekend attack that also left four people wounded, a spokesman for UN peacekeepers said yesterday.

KHARTOUM - Two Sudanese working for a French humanitarian aid group in Darfur were shot and killed in a weekend attack that also left four people wounded, a spokesman for UN peacekeepers said yesterday.

A gang of 24 men on horses and camels ambushed the workers on Saturday on a road between Kurunji and Khor Abeshe in South Darfur.

"A Land Rover jeep carrying three people with Aide Medicale Internationale arrived at the site. The armed men opened fire," said Kamal Saiki, a spokesman for the UN and African Union peacekeeping forces in Darfur.

"Two Sudanese humanitarian people were killed and four civilians were injured," he said. "It seems to be a villainous act without political motivation."

The UN spokesman was unable to say whether the assailants belonged to the state-backed Arab militias called Janjaweed which operate in the region, often on horseback.

Aide Medicale Internationale is a French humanitarian association. - Sapa-AFP

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