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One girl killed, two injured in North Darfur

July 1, 2016 (EL-FASHER) – A girl was killed and her two sisters were injured when their home was hit by a cannon projectile in the town of Maleet, 60 km north of North Darfur capital, El-Fasher.

Eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune that the security guards had exchanged fire with unknown gunmen who stormed Maleet commercial market at midnight Thursday saying that a random projectile had landed and exploded at a house in Al-Marrabie neighbourhood killing one girl and wounding her two sisters.

According to the witnesses, 18 years Nada Grain Mekki was killed in the incident while her sisters Fatima and Yousra were injured and have been rushed to El-Fasher Hospital for treatment.

Commissioner of Maleet locality Abdel-Karim Youssef told Sudan Tribune on Friday that an army force which guards the commercial market came under fire from three directions, saying the army force had returned fire.

He added that a projectile had exploded at a house in Al-Marabie killing one girly instantly and injuring two others.

The Commissioner pointed that the security committee in Maleet locality have filed terrorism charges under article 144 of the Criminal Act, saying the committee also took some measures to enhance security in the locality.

TRADER ATTACKED IN EL-FASHER

Meanwhile, unknown armed group have stoned a trader by the name of Fathi Bolad at 2:00 am (local time) on Friday in El-Fasher.

Bolad’s brother told Sudan Tribune that 5 gunmen opened random fire on the victim at his shop in Khor Sayal neighborhood without hitting him, adding they have also stoned him until he lost consciousness.

He pointed that the gunmen looted his brother’s shop before they fled to an unknown location, saying the authorities have not yet arrested them.

El-Fasher has witnessed a number of killing and looting incidents during the fasting month of Ramadan despite the security measures put in place by the government to curb the spread of crime.

Last week, North Darfur governor Abdel-Wahid Youssef declared a state of maximum readiness among regular forces to control the lawlessness situation in El-Fasher, accusing unnamed parties of seeking to keep the “insecurity and instability” situation in Darfur.

Also, Commissioner of El-Fasher locality, al-Tijani Abdallah Salih issued a set of decisions to curb the killing and looting incidents including banning riding of motorcycles and wearing of Kadamool (a turban which covers the face) besides holding arms inside El-Fasher.

(ST)