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South African peacekeeper killed in Darfur

South African peacekeeper killed in Darfur


A South African peacekeeper has been killed and another wounded in an ambush on a military convoy in Sudan.

The convoy was escorting food aid trucks in the western region of Darfur, South Africa’s army spokesman has said.

Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said they were part of the hybrid African Union-UN peace mission (UNAMID) in Sudan, and had been providing security for a shipment of World Food Programme (WFP) supplies.

The soldier who was wounded in the attack was evacuated to Fashir for treatment. He is now in a stable, officials say.

Last month, South Africa’s government said it planned to withdraw its contingent who had been contributing to the peacekeeping mission since 2008.