UN staffer killed in Sudan’s South Kordofan

Reuters Africa

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Unknown gunmen killed a Sudanese employee of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) in the southern border state of South Kordofan where the army is fighting an insurgency, the WFP said on Sunday.

A soldier from Zambia serving with the international peacekeeping operation patrols on the ground in the region of Abyei, central Sudan, May 30, 2011. REUTERS/Stuart Price/UNMIS/Handout

Two gunmen opened fired on a U.N. car 80 km (50 miles) north of the state capital Kadugli and killed the driver, a WFP spokeswoman said.

A second person in the car was injured, she said, adding details of Saturday’s incident were still unclear.

The Sudanese army has been fighting for more than a year rebels of the SPLM-North in South Kordofan, which borders South Sudan. Fighting spread to the Blue Nile border state in September.

Sudan accuses South Sudan of supporting the rebels, a claim some diplomats find credible despite official denials.

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