Two aid workers shot dead in south Darfur ambush
Gunmen shot dead two workers for a French aid group in an ambush in the Sudanese region of south Darfur, peacekeepers said on Monday.
The two Sudanese staff from Aide Midicale Internationale were attacked on Saturday evening as they drove in a remote area where fighting has surged between government forces and rebels.
Investigations suggested the gunmen, who rode camels and horses, were bandits, a spokesman for the joint United Nations/African Union Unamid peacekeeping force said.
But the killings took place at a time of growing fears of targeted attacks on foreign aid groups in the war-torn region. Tensions have mounted in Darfur in the countdown to an expected decision from judges from the International Criminal Court on whether to issue an arrest warrant for Sudan's president on charges he orchestrated war crimes in the region.
Sudan's government has promised to protect UN and other development organisations after a decision from the Hague-based ICC.
The aid workers were attacked on the road to the settlement of Khor Abeche, 80 kilometres north east of the capital of south Darfur Nyala, at dusk, Unamid spokesman Kemal Saiki said.
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