19 December 2012

Sudan: Armed Group Kills Two Policemen, Injures Three - Sources

Jebel Moon — An attack by an unknown armed group on a police station in the locality of Jebel Moon in West Darfur has left two police officers dead and another three wounded. Sources told Radio Dabanga on Tuesday, 18 December, that the alleged perpetrators approached the police station in Land Cruiser vehicles.

A source claimed that the vehicles were loaded with arms and ammunition and headed towards the city of Seleia, the locality's capital. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that unknown gunmen attacked the police station and looted arms and ammunition, in addition to seizing an ambulance of the Ministry of Health and a vehicle of the military police before fleeing the scene.

For his part, Abdullah Al Tayyeb Torsheen, commissioner of Jebel Moon, confirmed the death of the two policemen and added that the three injured victims are in critical condition. Abdullah Abker, member of the legislative council of the Liberation and Justice Movement, described the attack as a 'serious development' in the region. He explained that the gunmen approached the city from the east, while firing heavily. The shooting sparked panic among residents, Abker continued.

Furthermore, he insinuated that such attacks take the region 'back to square one', especially with similar incidents occurring in several areas north of El Geneina. The main targets are police stations and several police officers have lost their lives in similar attacks, he added to Radio Dabanga.

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