Two South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members have been injured during an ambush near the South African Battalion Base in Kutum, in the northern Darfur region of Sudan.
The soldiers are from the 4 South African Infantry Battalion (4 SAI) and were deployed as part of the United Nations/African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan.
The injured soldiers were airlifted by helicopter to the hospital in El Fashir shortly after the ambush.
The two soldiers are in a critical but stable condition in the UN hospital.
Two other soldiers also sustained minor injuries during the ambush, however, they are back at the base and are doing well.
The ambush took place at approximately 12h35 on Wednesday when the section from the SANDF Battalion, who had gone to fetch water from a nearby waterhole in Kutum, came under fire from a suspected rebel group.
“Had it not been for the swift reaction, high standard of alertness and vigilance of the SANDF members, it could have been a different story,” said the Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Andries Matlaila.
“The rebel group, whose intentions are unknown, was forced to withdraw due to the swift retaliation by the South Africans.”