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Seven UN peacekeepers killed in Darfur

Seven international peacekeepers were killed Saturday when they came under heavy fire while on patrol in Sudan's Darfur region, a spokesman for the United Nations Mission in Darfur said. As many as 17 peacekeepers were also injured in the ambush.

Two of those wounded were female.

The "extended firefight" happened near Khor Abeche in South Darfur, the African Union/United Nations-led force said in a statement.

"The Mission condemns in the strongest possible terms those responsible for this heinous attack on our peacekeepers," UNAMID Joint Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas said in a statement. "The perpetrators should be on notice that they will be pursued for this crime and gross violation of international humanitarian law."

The mission has lost 51 peacekeepers in the line of fire since the operation began in January 2008, according to UNAMID. 

Information on the nationalities of the peacekeepers killed has not yet been revealed. 

Reuters contributed to this report.