UN peacekeeper one of seven killed in Sudan border shooting

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Unknown gunmen killed a UN peacekeeper and six civilians in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan, the regional governor said.

“Unknown gunmen attacked the market of Amiet, north of Abyei,” said Kuol Alor Jok, governor of Abyei. He said one civilian killed was a child.

The United Nations said in a statement peacekeepers were conducting a routine patrol and came under attack by unknown assailants. An Ethiopian soldier was killed and another wounded. It said five civilians died.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, but the status of Abyei was not settled.

The region has seen violence between those wanting to join the south and those wanting to be part of the north. The United Nations has maintained a peacekeeping mission, the Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), in the area since 2011.

Jok said the attackers were believed to be northerners, but their identity was still not known.