South Africa Says Soldier Killed in Ambush on Sudan Convoy

A South African soldier was killed and another wounded after a military convoy in Sudan’s Darfur region was ambushed, the South African National Defence Force said.

The incident occurred on Wednesday in the north of the western region while the convoy was escorting humanitarian aid trucks to an exchange point between the SANDF and Rwandan battalions, the SANDF said in an e-mailed statement. The wounded soldier is in a stable condition after being evacuated to El Fashir.

Rebels in Darfur took up arms in 2003, accusing President Umar al-Bashir’s government of neglecting the region. The conflict has led to the deaths of as many as 300,000 people, mainly due to illness and starvation, with about 2.5 million people currently displaced, according to UN estimates.

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