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    Attack on UN Convoy in Sudan's Darfur Claims South African Soldier's Life

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    At least one serviceman of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) has been killed in an attack on a military convoy, escorting UN humanitarian aid trucks, in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, the armed forces said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The assault on the convoy took place on Wednesday evening at about 8:00 p.m. (17:00 GMT) local time.

    "This was a routine security escort to protect the movement of World Food Programme (WFP) trucks to a pre-determined destination…The convoy came under fire 25km [15.5 miles] away from the exchange point and was able to hold ground and protect the WFP trucks. During the exchange of fire‚ unfortunately one member of the SANDF was fatally wounded whilst another was wounded," the SANDF said in a statement, circulating in the local media.

    The injured person was transported to the capital city of North Darfur, Sudan to receive medical treatment. He is currently in a stable condition, Times Live reported.

    Darfur has been an arena of bloody clashes between Sudanese government troops and rebels since 2003. It is a place where numerous robberies, home invasions and kidnappings regularly take place.

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