Peacekeeper funds Ďstolen in Darfur hold-upí
NYALA, Sudan: Armed robbers on Sunday stole more than $300,000 destined for the African Union-UN peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) in Sudanís troubled Darfur region, sources familiar with the crime said.
It is the latest incident in a recent upsurge of violence in Sudanís vast western region, where African rebels first rose up against the Arab-dominated Khartoum regime in 2003.
UNAMID received reports that a bank vehicle had been robbed by armed men in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, said Christopher Cycmanick, a spokesman for the mission. There were no injuries but the robbers obtained ďan undisclosed amount of cash,Ē he said.
Sources with knowledge of the crime said the robbers made off with more than $300,000, which was destined for UNAMID. The bank involved, Bank of Khartoum, declined to comment and there was no indication of who might have been responsible.
Posted by: Steve White