10 December 2012

Sudan: Tensions Continue in Mesteriha, Man Killed

Mesteriha — A resident from the area of Mesteriha, West Darfur, was killed by armed herders on Sunday, 9 December, eye-witnesses told Radio Dabanga. Moreover, tensions continue in the locality of Mesteriha following attacks in the area over the weekend, according to testimonies.

At 5pm on Sunday a group of armed herders opened fire on Abdullah Mohamed Abker, killing him on the spot, as he was returning home from his farm, sources recounted.

In the meantime, a witness asserted to Radio Dabanga that the situation in Mesteriha 'remains tense'. He added that local residents expect the tensions to 'escalate at any time' due to the gatherings of armed herders in the area.

Radio Dabanga reported that the locality of Mesteriha has witnessed a series of attacks, which sources claim to have occurred between Friday and Sunday. They suggested the events were triggered when farmers informed the police about trespassing of herders onto their farmlands.

The attacks left five members of the armed forces injured, sources declared. Besides, they said herders burnt three villages to the ground, including the village of Ronja for voluntary return.

Residents from Mesteriha and neighbouring villages have not left their homes since Friday until Monday evening as a result of the 'tense situation', a source informed Radio Dabanga. He added that the main roads leading to El Geneina, Foro Baranga and Habila are all blocked.

It was reported that West Darfur's authorities sent military reinforcements to the area on Sunday and Monday.

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