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Darfur Attack Leaves Four Peacekeepers Injured in Sudan, UN Says

April 21 (Bloomberg) -- Four United Nations peacekeepers were injured when they came under attack while on patrol in Sudan’s West Darfur province yesterday, the UN said.

A team of 32 soldiers were ambushed by unidentified gunmen close to their base camp in Mourne, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) southeast of El Geneina, the state capital of West Darfur, Unamid, as the UN peacekeeping force is known, said in an e-mailed statement today. Gunmen attacked peacekeepers again after the force called in more soldiers, it said.

The wounded were taken by helicopter to hospital in El Geneina and are in a stable condition, the UN said.

Insurgents in Darfur took up arms in 2003, accusing President Umar al-Bashir’s government of neglecting the region. Unamid was deployed on Dec. 31, 2007, according to the UN.

To contact the reporter on this story: Gordon Bell in Johannesburg at gbell16@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net

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