Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

27 January 2013

Sudan: Gunmen Beat and Loot 18 Passengers By North Darfur Road

Tawila — Gunmen beat and looted a group of eighteen passengers at the Les Kineh area in Tawila locality, North Darfur, on Sunday, 27 January. Eight of the passengers suffered severe head injuries.

The omda of the Rwanda Camp in Tawila, one of the victims, told Radio Dabanga the armed group is led by a "historical leader" called Osman Mohamed Ibrahim.

He has reportedly signed an internal peace agreement with the government of North Darfur last year.

Omda Moussa Muhtar Bosh said the perpetrators intercepted the civilian truck, traveling from Tawila to Nyala, at about 8:00am and "immediately began physically threatening the passengers".

The militiamen, "driving heavily armed vehicles mounted with Dushkas", stole 93 million Sudanese pounds belonging to the eight injured passengers and 18 mobile phones.

Bosh recounted the money was hidden in sacks filled with sorghum and chewing tobacco, which the militiamen "threw all over the ground".

As it appears, the militia group has been stationed on the area for three months now, around the Tarne area, and they continue to loot vehicles and passengers.

The targeted roads are the ones connecting Tawila to El-Fasher, Tawila to Nyala and Tawila to Tabet.

These gunmen have become "a source of horror and concern for citizens", Bosh pointed out. He appealed to authorities to stop the militia and bring them to justice.

Please note that the group who carried out the attacks above is not the same as the one stationed in Tabet, North Darfur, who raped and looted civilians also on Sunday.

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