UN: 4 troops missing in Darfur

2010-04-12 22:00

Khartoum - Four peacekeepers with the joint UN-AU force in the western Sudanese region of Darfur have been missing for 24 hours, Unamid spokesperson Nouredine Mezni told AFP on Monday.

"Four Unamid peacekeepers have not been seen or heard from in nearly 24 hours. The peacekeepers' last movement was reported at 16:00 on April 11 2010 as they left their team site just outside Nyala in southern Darfur," Mezni said.

"There has been no sighting of our staff and we are deeply concerned for their well-being," Unamid chief Ibrahim Gambari said in a statement read to AFP by Mezni.

Darfur has been gripped by a civil war since 2003. In recent months the war-torn region has seen a wave of kidnappings of humanitarian workers and expatriates in general.

Since it was first deployed in January 2008, Unamid has also been a target of deadly attacks.

Mezni said Gambari was in direct contact with the Sudanese authorities over the issue of the missing peacekeepers.