UNITED NATIONS, June 21 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Monday deplored the deadly attack on AU-UN peacekeepers in Darfur, urging the Sudanese government to bring perpetrators to justice.
The secretary-general "calls on the government of Sudan to continue to make every effort to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice immediately," said a statement issued by Ban 's spokesperson.
Unidentified armed assailants attacked an African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) security detail in Nertiti near Zalingei, Western Darfur, on Monday. Three Rwandan peacekeepers were killed and another wounded in the resulting exchange of fire.
This incident follows a deadly attack on UNAMID peacekeepers on May 7, in which two were killed. According to the UN, since the establishment of UNAMID in January 2008, 27 peacekeepers have been killed in hostile actions in Darfur.
Ban expressed his condolences to the families of the peacekeepers who lost their lives and to the Rwandan government and reiterated his appreciation for their service and commitment to the search for peace in Darfur, said the statement.