Four Zambian soldiers shot and wounded in Sudan

Four Zambian soldiers have been shot in Sudan.
The four Zambian soldiers who are yet to be named are under the UN peace keeping mission in the oil rich region of Abyei.
Kouider Zerrouk, a spokesperson for the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) confirmed that unidentified assailants shot and wounded four United Nations peacekeepers while they were on patrol in the disputed Abyei area of Sudan on Tuesday.
The four blue helmets, all from Zambia, were shot around 4:40 p.m. as they returned from a regular patrol to the north of the town of Abyei.
The peacekeepers were evacuated to Abyei for medical treatment and one of them is reported to be in a serious condition.
The UN official said the peacekeepers had been forced by armed men to turn back at the village of Goli earlier in the day, and were returning to the town of Diffra when they came under fire from unknown attackers.
UNMIS has started an investigation into the shootings, which occurred on the day that the north and southern sides had agreed to start withdrawing their unauthorized forces from Abyei as part of a pact facilitated by the UN.
Southern Sudan will secede from the rest of the country in July as a result of a separate referendum held in January and both north and south claim Abyei.

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