Four Zambian U.N. peacekeepers in Sudan’s contested Abyei region were yesterday shot and wounded by unknown attackers, the United Nations said.
The oil rich Abyei region is another north/south flashpoint.
The attackers shot the Zambian peacekeepers in Goli north of Abyei town on Tuesday afternoon, Hua Jiang, spokeswoman for the U.N. Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said.
She said one of them was seriously wounded, and all were evacuated to Abyei for treatment.
In a separate incident more than 80 rebels and civilians were killed when insurgents attacked a camp in south Sudan, the army said on Tuesday, in the latest violence to mar preparations for the region’s independence.
People from Sudan’s oil-producing south overwhelmingly voted to secede in a referendum in January, promised in a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war with the north.
Celebrations over the independence vote have been marred by a wave of tribal violence and clashes between the south’s army and renegade militias.