OUTRAGED by an attack on Nigerian troops and the death of one of them in Darfur, the United Nations (UN) at the weekend urged Sudan to begin an investigation into the tragic incident.
In a statement by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, the global body’s condolence was expressed to the Nigerian government and the family of the killed soldier, whose name was yet to be publicly released as at weekend.
Both the UN Security Council and the Secretary-General issued statements at the weekend condemning the attack, which came after four Nigerian peacekeepers in Darfur were killed last October. In its comment, the United Nations Security Council said the attack was a targeted onslaught.
The statement also pointedly demanded that the Sudanese government bring to justice those behind the attack on the Nigerian troops.
The United States (U.S.) Charge D’affaires to Sudan, Joseph Stafford, also warned that security in Darfur was worsening and militias should be disarmed, condemning the recent attack that killed the Nigerian peacekeeper.
Stafford also expressed grave concern “about the reports of civilian casualties and deliberate targeting of civilians by militias in Muhagiriya and Labado”, the region where the Nigerian peacekeeper died on Friday.
He told reporters it is not yet clear who carried out the “deeply troubling” attack against the base of the UNAMID near Muhagiriya town in southern Darfur.
But he said there was an “urgent” need for an investigation bringing those responsible to justice.
“We’re worried about the deteriorating security situation in Darfur and the conflict between the government forces and the militia”, Stafford said.
The UN Secretary-General “is appalled and saddened by the fatal shooting of a Nigerian UNAMID peacekeeper by unidentified armed assailants during an attack today on a UNAMID military position in Muhajeria, East Darfur,” a statement on Friday from the UN head office in New York disclosed.
The statement added that “two peacekeepers were also injured in the incident.”