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Aid workers shot dead in Darfur

Sudan flagTwo Sudanese men working for a French aid group in Darfur have been shot dead in an ambush, says the United Nations.

It happened in South Darfur on Saturday evening in an area of heavy fighting between government troops and rebels.

Reports say more than 20 bandits on camels and horses, opened fire when the aid workers drove past; they had earlier looted a truck on the road.

UN spokesman Kemal Saiki said four other civilians were wounded in the attack 80km (50 miles) from Nyala city.

The men worked for Aide Medicale Internationale.

Attacks on foreign aid groups in the region have increased recently.

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A spokesman for Aide Medicale Internationale said the victims had been travelling at the time of the attack in a public bus, not a four-wheel drive vehicle, for security reasons.

“We took the decision to travel by public transport because four-by-four vehicles and jeeps are prized by bandits in Darfur,” Frederic Mar told AFP news agency.

The attack came as UN aid operations resumed in Mahajiriya, a former stronghold of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (Jem).

Some 50,000 people fled the South Darfuri town during government bombing raids to flush out the rebels.

Jem and the government signed a confidence-building pact last week.

However, the BBC’s Karen Allen in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, says tens of thousand of people in outlying areas remain out of reach.

Meanwhile, President Omar al-Bashir, who is waiting to hear whether he will be served with an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes in Darfur, has returned from a visit to Egypt.

Cairo asked for the ICC to defer the arrest warrant for at least a year, warning of dangerous consequences if it went ahead.

Up to 300,000 people are said to have died in Darfur in a six-year conflict between the government and rebels.

Source: BBC News


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