Pretoria: The International Relations Department has confirmed that a South African peacekeeper has been killed and three others wounded in an ambush in Sudan.
The victim was one of the South Africans serving as part of the African Union/United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan. Government has appealed to the Sudanese government to probe the incident.
Earlier, reports indicated that the peacekeeper was killed when the convoy he was travelling in was ambushed. Three other South Africans were reportedly injured in the attack.
The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon requested an investigation into the attack.
The US Mission to South Africa has expressed its condolences. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these brave South Africans who were serving their country in the name of peace,” said US Ambassador to South Africa Donald H. Gips.
He described the attack as “shameful and a sad reminder of the cost born by the brave men and women in uniform”.
The US, like South Africa, understood the inherent risks of peacekeeping operations, and also the extraordinary value of this work.
“We again commend South Africa for its dedication and leadership in working towards peace and security on the continent.”