- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Officials say three peacekeepers serving in the joint United Nations-African Union force in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region have been killed in an attack.

Ashraf Eissa, the spokesman for the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur, said the victims were Ethiopian soldiers who were guarding a water borehole in Korma, North Darfur when they came under attack by a group of unidentified armed men.

Eissa said two of the soldiers died at the scene and another died from his injuries in Khartoum.

Acting Joint Special Representative Abidoun Bashua said the incident was reported to the Sudanese Foreign Minister and he called on the government of Sudan to act swiftly to bring the attackers to justice. He added that an attack on peace keepers is a war crime.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it has been “a bloody October for U.N. peacekeeping.”

Fifteen peacekeepers have been killed in Darfur, Mali and the Central African Republic in October, a rate of nearly one a day.

Rebel groups have been fighting in the vast western region for more than a decade and the security situation has worsened this year. Sixty one peacekeepers have been killed in Darfur since the start of the Mission in 2007, according to the U.N.

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