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Plane Crash Kills 2 African Union Pilots in Darfur


The African Union says a plane crash in Sudan's Darfur region has killed a Moldovan and Ukrainian working as pilots for the African Union.

An AU statement says the plane crashed late Saturday after taking off from the town of Zalingei.

It says there was no one other than the pilots aboard the plane, a Russian-made Antonov 28 that was used to transport AU personnel around Darfur.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the crash.

The crash was the first suffered by the AU peacekeeping forces in Darfur since their deployment there in 2004.

The African Union has an estimated 7,000 troops in the region, who have been largely unable to prevent continued violence between rebels and Sudanese government forces.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.

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