Four children killed in Darfur blast

Copy of Copy of South Sudan AP This April 14 photo shows the aftermath of a bombing by the Sudanese Air Force in Bentiu, South Sudan. Two Sudanese warplanes dropped "many bombs" on Monday. Picture: AP Photo/Michael Onyiego

Khartoum - Four children were killed and four others were wounded when leftover munitions exploded in Sudan's Darfur region, the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) said on Monday.

A UNAMID spokesman said the incident occurred when a UXO (unexploded ordnance) detonated in Jealjeala, 60 kilometres from the West Darfur state capital El Geneina.

He could not immediately give other details, including exactly when the blast happened.

The UN estimates that at least 300 000 people have died as a result of the Darfur conflict, which began in 2003 when rebels from non-Arab tribes in Sudan's far west rose up against the Arab-dominated Khartoum regime.

The Sudanese government puts the death toll at 10 000.

Elsewhere in Sudan, the UN's humanitarian agency OCHA said last month it had received reports that three children died in Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan state, when they found a UXO which then detonated.

Government troops have been battling rebels in South Kordofan since last June. - Sapa-AFP


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