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African Union troops killed in Darfur

An attack on an African Union base camp killed at least 10 troops and 40 troops are still missing after the incident on Saturday evening according to BBC NEWS. The raid on the AU base camp has received a lot of attention as a sign of the disparity of the situation in Darfur.

"It just shows how desperate the situation is, how desperately we've got to find a peaceful solution so that incidents of that kind don't happen," said Archbishop Desmond Tutu according to BBC NEWS.

Tutu is set to lead a delegation of prominent world figures including former President Jimmy Carter and the wife of Nelson Mandela according to BBC NEWS. The delegation plans to meet with Sudan President Omar al-Bashir on Monday.

The Associated Press says this is the worse attack yet on the AU. Troops battled for hours until they ran out of ammunition at which point some troops took refuge in a ditch an AU soldier told the Associated Press.

There were about 1,000 rebels from the Sudan Liberation Army that participated in the attack reported the Associated Press. The AU fought defensively to protect the camp, but was eventually overpowered by 30 vehicles of the rebel group.

Although AU mission soldiers have regularly been attacked since being deployed to the region in June 2004, this is the first time that a camp was completely overrun according to AP.

BBC NEWS
Outrage at Darfur troop killings
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7021429.stm

The Associated Press
Rebels Kill 10 AU Peacekeepers in Darfur
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5inqUzmH0M_JwO_wre74Z0-3h3-2gD8S0BJV02