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Four killed after militia’s attack on South Darfur camp

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February 10, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Four civilians were killed and 15 others wounded following a raid carried out by militiamen in the restive region of Darfur, an eyewitness told Sudan Tribune.

Pro-government janjaweed militiamen on top of a heavily armed pickup patrol the main road out of the Kirinding-2 refugee camp at the outskirts of Al-Geneina, April 24,07 (Reuters)

The Jamjaweed attacked Al-Baytari camp southern Kass town in South Darfur state on Tuesday morning where they killed four residents and wounded 15 people while there are 15 missing persons.

Mohamed Adam, a resident of the camp told Sudan Tribune by telephone that the assailants composed of the Central Reserve Police elements raided the camp at 7;30 am local time.

He added the attack occurred after the killing of a militiaman by another rival militia called United Police who had thrown his body outside the IDPs camp.

The attack comes at a time where the rebel delegations in Doha failed to agree on the issue of unity before talks with the Sudanese government to settle the conflict. Also another rebel group led by Abdel Wahid Al-Nur boycotts the process calling on Khartoum to disarm its militias before to join the negotiating table.

Adam said the residents of the camp are concerned and fear another attack as militiamen are gathered at the outskirts of the town after the arrival of the governor of South Darfur Omer Abdul Gabar who ordered them to quit the area.

He further said the district authorities and police failed to curb the numerous militiamen and prevent them from looting livestock and goods of the displaced population and shopkeepers. He also said they burnt the market of the camp and many houses.

The governor directed to investigate the attack and determine the responsible of the causalities, he added.

An official from the hybrid peacekeeping operation in Darfur told Reuters that one of the UNAMID patrols on Tuesday saw armed horsemen riding into the camp, while others surrounded the settlement.

"They were members of an Arab militia, apparently related to the man who was killed. They were shooting sporadically when they entered the camp," he said.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant on April 27, 2007 for the former state minister for interior and current governor of South Kordofan and a militia leader Ali Kushayb on 51 counts of crime against humanity and war crimes in April 2007. Sudan has refused to hand the pair over saying it does not recognize the jurisdiction of the court.

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  • 11 February 2010 06:47, by paul baak anyaar

    The only reparation, retribution and acceptable compensation for the death of innocent people of Darfur is handing over of Al-Bashir and his accomplices to the International Criminal court to be hanged. The so-called Janjaweed militiamen are Bashir’s right-hand men. The ongoing killing of innocent in Darfur will surely send most Khartoum Government officials to hell if not to the ICC.

    • 11 February 2010 15:09, by paweetdit

      Do ICC committee watch the news really? If yes, then Bashir should not even talk of election, who is going to vote for him with blood in his hand.
      If ICC could really judge the deviles and send them to hell then Bashir should face Ocampo or however you call him.
      mitia will not stop killing unless, Bashir deservice the punishment.



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