September 17, 2014

UN peacekeeper opens fire on comrades in Darfur, 4 killed

By Mirwais Adeel - Sat Dec 22 2012, 12:21 pm

UN peacekeepers killedA peacekeeper serving with the joint U.N.-African Union force in Darfur opened fire on fellow peacekeepers, killing four and injuring one, the United Nations said Friday.

“I confirm that four of the UNAMID peacekeepers were killed and one of them was injured due to gunshots fired by one of the peacekeepers,” Aicha Elbasri of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur told AFP.

The dead included “the one that fired the gunshots,” she said, adding that the incident took place on Thursday at a UNAMID base in Mukjar, West Darfur.

“The mission is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident,” Elbasri said.

She did not disclose the nationalities of those involved or what had happened to the perpetrator.

In the meantime Kieran Dwyer, spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping force, said the peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, is investigating the shooting.

He said there were no further details of the so-called “blue-on-blue” incident that took place Thursday at a peacekeeping site in Mukjar in West Darfur. It was unclear whether the peacekeeper who opened fire was alive, dead or injured.

UNAMID was established in July 2007 and given a key mandate of protecting civilians in Darfur, but it also contributes to security for those providing humanitarian aid, verifying agreements, political reconciliation efforts and promoting human rights. It currently has about 16,500 troops and military observers and over 5,000 international police.

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