11 May 2001 - Unknown assailants fired at an UNMIS patrol in the Abyei Area yesterday, injuring four Zambian peacekeepers.
A large group of armed men stopped the patrol at a roadblock in Goli village, about 25 kilometres north of Abyei town. The crowd was hostile and confrontational, and the patrol decided to turn back the way it had come. Soon after they had turned around and gotten underway, however, someone in the crowd opened fire.
UNMIS airlifted the wounded back to its compound in Abyei town. Three remained in Abyei while one was evacuated to Khartoum today for further treatment.
Armed men have blocked a UN supply convoy at the same location for several days, and turned back several UNMIS military and civilian patrols.
Sector Commander Lt. Col. Dammy Mwale called the attack cowardly and emphasized the need for political and community leaders to bring such armed groups under control.
In a press statement issued late on 10 May, UNMIS strongly condemned the unprovoked attack and has since begun an investigation. UNMIS convened an emergency session of the Area Joint Military Committee on 11 May, followed by an emergency session of the Abyei Area Security Committee.