Unknown armed men carjacked UNAMID vehicles in Darfur

July 7, 2010 (Nyala) — Vehicles belonging to the African Union/United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were carjacked by unknown armed men.

The drivers of vehicles were released unharmed.

UNAMID Officials reported that vehicles were taken by armed men in separate incidents in Nyala, South Darfur.

A statement made available to the public by the mission headquarters reads: “the first vehicle, belongs to Movement Control, was carjacked near Nyala airport, while the second, belonging to Water Sanitation, was carjacked near the UNAMID Super Camp. Both vehicles were driven by international staff members, who were both released unharmed, adding the incidents were reported to the Government of the Sudan (GOS) police and an investigation is in progress".

The UN Security Council resolution 1769 authorized UNAMID to take necessary actions in the areas of deployment of its forces. It was passed on July 31, 20007.

Under chapter VII of the United Nations, UNAMID is required to prevent armed attack, help support effective implementation of Darfur peace agreement, protect civilians, etc.

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