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11 killed in different attacks in Darfur

July 12, 2007 (KHARTOUM) — United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said on Thursday that 11 persons were killed and more others wounded in various violence incidents in Sudan’s western region of Darfur in the past week.

In South Darfur, a group of armed Arab militia ambushed on 8 July the Central Reserve Force (CRF) of the Sudanese police at Tiega, 75 km north of Nyala. Reportedly, eight policemen were killed and eleven were injured.

UNMIS reported in its daily news bulletin that nine people were killed by in differents parts of South Darfur state. The Bulletin also reported the killing of two people in West Darfur state.

On 10 July unknown armed men attacked and killed a GoS soldier in the area of Domaya, north-western Nyala. The perpetrators took the soldier’s assault rifle and fled. Investigation by the police is on-going. On 10 July armed thieves attacked a Sudanese policeman in Bilel , 17 km east of Nyala, and stole his rifle and mobile phone.

On 10 July, an international NGO vehicle part of a two-vehicle convoy was carjacked between Hijer and Saniafandu, respectively 52 km and 75 km southeast of Nyala. The vehicle was located by SLA/Minni Minawi and handed back to the INGO on 11 July.

On 9 July, a group of armed Arab militia in two land cruiser pick-ups fired indiscriminately while passing through Sani Deleba, 34 km southwest of Nyala. One local resident was killed and two more wounded.

In West Darfur, two unknown armed men entered the Hassa Hissa IDP camp in Zalingei on 11 July, and shot and wounded an IDP. The victim was hospitalized and is in critical condition. The local police investigation is on-going.

On 10 July, an INGO security guard on his way home in Kulbus, 100 km north of El Geneina, was shot and killed by a drunken Sudanese soldier, who reportedly shot the guard when he told him that he was intoxicated. The soldier has been identified .

More than 2.5 million Darfuris have been forced to flee their homes and live in squalid camps, while a further 1.5 million are also dependent on humanitarian aid. In a region of just seven million people, the majority are now relying on aid agencies.

Despite the signing of the Darfur peace agreement in May 2006, the violence has still increased. Almost 160,000 people have fled since the beginning of this year. Many of the camps are now at full capacity but people are still arriving every day.

(ST)