Unknown armed group injure UNISFA’s soldiers

UNISFA Force Commander-Gen. Mehari Zewde Gebremariam | Courtesy:  un.org

Two soldiers of the United Nations Interim Security Forces for Abyei were injured during an armed attack on Wednesday evening.

“The team was returning to the force headquarters in Abyei from Farouk when the incident occurred,” the statement reads in part.

In statement seen by Abyei FM, the UN mission said unknown armed group opened fire on the UNISFA vehicle on the road between Goli and Todach in northern part of Abyei.  The soldiers were providing security to workers of IMDAD, a construction company UNISFA contracted to render services.

One soldier was critically injured and the other sustained minor injury. UNISFA’s force commander and the acting head of mission has condemned the attack on peacekeepers saying it is “unacceptable.”

Gen. Mehari Zewde Gebremariam “reiterated that the presence of armed groups within Abyei box is a violation of Abyei’s weapon free status” vowing “he will not hesitate to place responsibility on those engaged in such attacks.”

He assured that UNISFA is committed to demilitarize Abyei Area as required in its mandate.