Darfur rebel to appear before ICC

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Bahr Idriss Abu Garda is charged with taking part in an attack in north Darfur in 2007, during which 12 African Union (AU) peacekeepers were killed.

Mr Abu Garda is the first Darfur rebel to have voluntarily answered a summons from the ICC, the court said.

The former senior member of the Jem rebel group denies any involvement.

"I will go, no problem. I know I was not involved," Mr Abu Garda, who now heads the United Resistance Movement (URF) rebel group, was quoted as saying by Reuters.

The United Nations estimates that 300,000 people have died in a six-year conflict in Sudan's Darfur region and millions more have been displaced.

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