29 January 2013

Sudan: '100 Pro-Government Militia Vehicles' Heading to Golo, Central Darfur

Nertiti — Around 100 pro-government militia vehicles loaded with various types of weapons and ammunition were seen heading from Nertiti to the Jildu and Golo areas, in West Jebel Marra, Central Darfur, on Tuesday morning.

Sources from Nertiti who saw the convoy told Radio Dabanga the militiamen are "indiscriminately looting and beating" anyone who crosses their way. They were last seen at the Nertiti Korneh road.

The gunmen claim they are following orders from Khartoum "to clean up the area of traitors and assassins".

According to the militias, the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and the Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein are accusing the local residents of supporting rebel groups and of being their spies.

Donkey stabbed

One the victims told Radio Dabanga he was beaten and insulted by militia officers, who also "stabbed his two donkeys to death".

He recounted one of the officers wanted to shoot they donkeys while the other told him not to waste any bullets on the animal and stab him instead.

The victim also had his four bags of lemon destroyed, which he was going to sell at a market.

Lastly, the man was ordered to undress before the officers beat him and told him to flee without his clothes on.

See also: C. Darfur displaced still 'stranded' or in camps with 'no food' (25 January 2013)

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