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Sudan: Shots Fired At UN-AU Helicopter In W Darfur

Shots fired at UN-African Union mission helicopter in West Darfur

UNAMID guarding a supply convoy in El Fasher in Darfur (file photo)
11 August 2008 - The joint United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reported today that one of its helicopters came under fire in West Darfur.

UNAMID said that its helicopter took off from El Geneina at around noon, local time, and that the pilot heard shots being fired at the helicopter about 30 minutes after take-off, when the helicopter was over a location 90 kilometres northeast of the town.

The pilot aborted the mission and returned safely to El Geneina. UNAMID reported that there had been no casualties, and that the helicopter was being examined to assess any damage. The mission said that it was not clear who was behind the shooting.


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