An international peacekeeper has been shot dead in Sudan’s Darfur region, in an apparent bid to steal his car, the joint UN-African Union mission said.

He was shot outside his home on Thursday night in the south Darfur town of Nyala as he was parking his car, Unamid officials said.

Details of the dead man’s nationality and rank were not given.

Sudan announced earlier that it was inviting new aid groups to work in Darfur in a move welcomed by the UN.

It expelled 13 foreign aid groups in March after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

But on Thursday, the Minister for Humanitarian Assistance, Haroun Lual Ruun, said Khartoum would invite new non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to Darfur and allow UN agencies and NGOs currently operating there to “expand their existing operations”.

A number of gunmen attacked the peacekeeper, Unamid spokesman Kemal Saiki said.

His car was later found abandoned 7km from Nyala.

Rudolph Adada, the Unamid special representative, condemned the attack

“Attacks against peacekeepers are considered war crimes,” he said.

Before the latest killing, Unamid had suffered 34 deaths since it began operating in Darfur on 31 July 2007, its website records

As of 31 March, it had a total of 15,351 uniformed personnel on the ground plus 919 international civilian personnel.



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