SA soldier killed in Sudan ambush
A South African soldier was killed and another wounded while providing security for a World Food Programme (WFP) humanitarian aid convoy in Sudan. SA National Defence Force (SANDF) spokesman Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said the South Africans, still part of the hybrid AU/UN peace mission in Sudan (UNAMID) until mid-April, were escorting the convoy to a specific point from where the Rwanda battalion, also part of UNAMID, would take over the duty. “The convoy came under fire 25 km from the exchange point and the security detail took up defensive positions and was able to hold ground. A South African was unfortunately fatally wounded during the exchange of fire with heavily armed rebels. Another soldier was wounded in the firefight and he was evacuated to El Fashir for treatment and is now in a stable condition,” he said. Unconfirmed reports have it the convoy was attacked by five “technicals” (utility vehicles with pintle-mounted machine guns on the load area). A quick response force was dispatched from the UNAMID base ay Kutum and support requested from the Rwanda battalion at Kabkabiya. This was not forthcoming due to nightfall, but the South African contingent is apparently safe. The name of the dead soldier will be released once his next of kin have been informed.