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SA soldiers wounded in Sudan

The two SANDF soldiers came under fire while collecting water near their base in Khartoum.

FILE. The two SANDF came under fire while collecting water near their base in Khartoum. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Two South African soldiers have been wounded in an ambush by rebel groups in the northern areas of Darfur in Sudan.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been deployed to Sudan as part of the United Nations African Union Peace Keeping Force, tasked with protecting the people of Sudan until after national elections next year.

The soldiers came under fire while collecting water near their base in Khartoum.

The Defence Force's Jaco Theunissen says, "They put up a very good fight and then the rebels fled. Unfortunately two of our soldiers were injured and were evacuated with a helicopter to the UN hospital."

He says at this stage the soldiers are in a critical condition but stable.

Two other SANDF members also sustained minor injuries, but those soldiers are back at their units.