Sudanese aid worker killed

An UNAMID peacekeeper patrols by trucks loaded with new arrivals of Sudanese refugees at Zamzam refugee camp, outside the Darfur town of al-Fasher, Sudan, Monday, March 23, 2009. UNAMID peacekeepers on a mission of public awareness distributed booklets with rules of engagements with unidentified objects to new arrivals at the camp after an unexploded ordnance went off in a shack last Friday injuring three newly displaced children. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
An UNAMID peacekeeper patrols by trucks loaded with new arrivals of Sudanese refugees at Zamzam refugee camp, outside the Darfur town of al-Fasher, Sudan, Monday, March 23, 2009. UNAMID peacekeepers on a mission of public awareness distributed booklets with rules of engagements with unidentified objects to new arrivals at the camp after an unexploded ordnance went off in a shack last Friday injuring three newly displaced children. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Andrew Heavens

Andrew Heavens

KHARTOUM - Armed men have shot dead a Sudanese worker for a Canadian aid group in Darfur in the latest of a string of attacks on international organisations in Sudan's violent west, his employer said yesterday.

Mark Simmons, the country director of Fellowship for African Relief (FAR), said it appeared the attackers were trying to steal a satellite phone when the Sudanese site manager was killed at his house in the remote village of Kongo Haraza on Monday night.

But there have also been fears that international aid workers and peacekeepers could be targeted in Darfur after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir earlier this month.

Simmons said Adam Khatir had first been ambushed on Saturday. He said the men demanded a satellite phone and beat Khatir, 39, when he could not provide one. "They came to his house on Monday, and when they didn't find a phone there they shot him."

Khatir had been working in his home village for the last five years, building up local agriculture through seed donations and training. - Reuters

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