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The African Union (AU) has strongly condemned the killing of the United Nations (UN) personnel in South Sudan. In its statement on Thursday the AU said, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of AU Commission, has learned with immense shock and sorrow of the killing of five peacekeepers of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and seven civilians working for the Mission, in an ambush by unidentified assailants in Jonglei State of South Sudan, on April 9, 2013.
"The Chairperson of the Commission strongly condemns this criminal and cowardly attack," said the statement. She has expressed AU's heartfelt condolences to the families of the peacekeepers, their respective countries, UNMISS, and the UN Secretariat.
"The Chairperson of the Commission reiterates AU's deep appreciation of the outstanding work being done by UNMISS. She encourages the Mission to persevere in its efforts, despite the very challenging environment in which it is operating," it said.
Philippines News agency