International court issues arrest warrant for Darfur rebel accused of peacekeeper attack



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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for a Darfur rebel accused of leading a deadly attack on African Union peacekeepers in Sudan and has scrapped a plan to start his trial on Nov. 18.

The court issued the warrant Thursday for Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain, who was charged in 2009 with leading a Sept. 29, 2007, attack on the peacekeepers' camp in Haskanita, Sudan, that left 12 African Union soldiers dead and eight seriously wounded.

Banda has always said he wants to appear for trial voluntarily. The court issued the warrant after the Sudanese government failed to cooperate in facilitating his appearance in The Hague.

The court has no police force and has to rely on cooperation from other countries to carry out its work.

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