October 11th, 2011
07:48 AM ET

2 U.N. peacekeepers killed in Darfur

[Updated at 7:48 a.m.] Two United Nations peacekeepers and a police officer were killed in an ambush in a camp for displaced people in Sudan's Darfur region, a U.N. representative told CNN Tuesday.

The two peacekeepers were armed; the police officer was not, said Kemal Saiki, a spokesman for the joint U.N. and African Union mission in the troubled region. Another five people were injured in the incident, three seriously.

They came under attack in North Darfur while the security unit was on patrol in the camp at about 11 p.m. Monday, Saiki said. One of the assailants was also killed.

It was unclear why the attack occurred.

The joint peacekeeping mission in Darfur is the world's largest at 20,000 authorized troops. Since it began in 2008, 33 peacekeepers have been killed.

Darfur is among the most dangerous areas of operation for U.N. personnel. The region remains a tinderbox. At least 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others driven from their homes as a result of fighting between Sudanese rebel groups and the Khartoum government and its allied armed militia.

- CNN's James Partington contributed to the story.

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  1. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    WOW HOW INFORMATIVE?

    October 11, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Lindy

      The info is that this is another example of radical islam killing in Darfur and the world doing NOTHING

      October 11, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Slim

      Cool story, bro. Tell it again.

      October 11, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    ONE SENTENCE? REALLY?

    October 11, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    THAT WAS SO BORING. THANKYOU CNN! NOW I CAN FINALLY GO TO SLEEP......

    October 11, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Who is like God

      Its because they're in darfur, and got macheted to death and were probably not white people. CNN and Fox are cut from the same cloth. Both extreme to one side or another and racist as anything

      October 11, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • duh...winning

      To Who is like god...it said they were Peace KEEPERS so you know they weren't black.

      October 11, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • UsayWha?

      @duh.. winning the peace keepers in Durfur are from Africa and the majority are black.Or were you just making an asinine comment about black people trying to be funny?

      October 11, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. S4LK1N

    i couldnt even read it. your java script laid over the whole story. epic fail cnn

    October 11, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rob

    What was the point of this article? One sentence?! Why even bother posting this?

    October 11, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. mattan4486

    These peace keepers should go home, and the world should pay a private military company to get the job done. These U.N. troops are large in number but never get the job done. A private military company would cost a lot less money and take less time to control the murderers and turn the hunters into the hunted.

    October 11, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rich

    The obvious solution to this problem is massive tax cuts for the super rich.

    October 11, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Genesy

      No, if we taxed the rich Americans more then the situation in Darfur would improve.

      October 11, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cassandra Chu

    African issues aren't newsworthy.... let's go back to reporting about Israel...

    October 11, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. glu

    Peacekeepers, another name for sitting ducks.

    October 11, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jenna Talia

    Unfortunate situation...nothing is going to improve over there.

    October 11, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    War, in the manner of other things, happens.

    October 11, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. BOND, JAMES

    Nice place they got there, obama should vacation there, paradise.

    October 11, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Max in NY

    This is the first news we've heard about Darfur in years....cover more of this instead of the MJ trial...thanks.

    October 11, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jacob

    The 300,000 people killed that this article mentions are only a portion of the about 2 million people that died in the conflict. The West (and particularly the US) like to ignore the other 1.7 million deaths because they were caused by the Second Sudanese Civil War, which was launched by US puppet John Garang, in an attempt to secure Sudan's oil for the US. The genocide in Darfur happened quite late in the civil war, and was largely a response to the atrocities committed by John Garang's SPLA, which was supported by the USA.

    Starting in 1983, the SPLA went from village to village, killing anyone that wasn't a member of the Dinka ethnic group. About half of all aid sent to Darfur was stolen by the SPLA, and sold to buy more weapons. However, since the SPLA was backed by the US, the US media ignores their crimes against humanity, and focuses exclusively on the last few years of the civil war.

    October 11, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. mehungsolong

    I like honey syrup on blueberry waffles with a side of bacon. yea yummmy!

    October 11, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
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