Sudanese Troops Fire on U.N. Convoy in Darfur

Associated Press
Wednesday, January 9, 2008

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Jan. 8 -- Sudanese soldiers shot at a convoy of U.N. peacekeepers in Darfur, critically wounding a local driver and wrecking a fuel tanker barely a week into the force's new mission in the region, U.N. officials said Tuesday.

The attack was the latest challenge for the U.N. force, which has been heralded internationally as having the best chance to quell five years of violence in Darfur but took the field with only a fraction of the anticipated troops.

The United Nations condemned the Monday attack. The South African peacekeepers protecting the convoy did not return fire, and no U.N. troops were hurt, officials said.

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