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Ugandan peacekeeper is shot dead

May 30, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The joint United Nations-African Union mission in Sudan's Darfur region said a Ugandan member of the peacekeeping force had been fatally shot. He was the first member slain since the troops deployed five months ago.

John Kennedy Okecha was found dead Wednesday in a peacekeeper vehicle on the outskirts of the Zam Zam refugee camp. He had been wounded in the neck, chest and stomach.

U.N. peacekeeping chief Jean-Marie Guehenno warned this month of an increase in violence in Darfur, where hundreds of thousands are estimated to have died since 2003.

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