At Least 32 People Including UN Peacekeeper Killed in Disputed Abyei Area
© AP Photo / Sam MednickIn this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, a U.N. armored vehicle sits in an abandoned base in Akobo, near the Ethiopian border, in South Sudan.
© AP Photo / Sam Mednick
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Abyei is an oil-rich region on the border between Sudan and South Sudan. The area has been disputed between Khartoum and Juba since the South seceded from the North African country in 2011.
At least 32 people, including a UN peacekeeper, have been killed in attacks by gunmen in the southern part of the disputed Abyei Area, Abyei Information Minister Bolis Kuoch said on Sunday.
"Thirty-two people were killed and 20 others wounded ... One of UNISFA [UN Interim Security Force for Abyei] peacekeepers was killed," Kuoch was quoted as saying by Eye Radio.
The minister added that UNISFA peacekeepers intervened in the clashes and managed to stop them.
The oil-rich Abyei region has been a disputed territory between Sudan and South Sudan since the latter seceded in 2011. That same year, the UN Security Council established the UNISFA to monitor tensions along the border, facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and use force to protect civilians and aid workers.