26 July 2015

Sudan's Air Force, Militia Attack Villages in Kutum, North Darfur

Kutum — Paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) reportedly shot dead eight villagers, wounded two others, and abducted one in Kutum locality on Wednesday.

According to a statement by the Wadi Hour Students' Association, the RSF at about 5am attacked the villages of Anka, Amarei, Goz Kajo, Umbaro, and El Malha. They used heavy weapons, and were backed by the Sudanese Air Force.

A separate group of militiamen collected the livestock and belongings of the villagers, who fled the area, the statement reads.

The villagers fatally hit by bullets are Jamal Abakar Hasaballah, Waleed Eisa Ahmed, Mohamed Adam Hasabo, Salah Ahmed Karkour, Ali Kenedy, Suleiman Adoma Teiman, Hamed Sandal, and Mubarak Ahmed Azrag.

Ali Mukhtar Fadul and Ali Shomo were injured. The attackers took Mohamed Suleiman Adam with them.

The Students' Association called on "each one with a conscience, in Sudan and the world, to firmly stand up against these attacks, and bring the perpetrators to justice".

In January, villages in Kutum and the neighbouring Karnoi and Um Baru localities were attacked by large groups of RSF paramilitaries, commanded by the Sudanese security apparatus.

Mohamed Ahmed Minawi Digeish, independent MP for Karnoi and Um Baru localities, told Radio Dabanga Dabanga on 8 February that 63 villages had been attacked.

The Sudanese government formed the RSF mid 2013, to "eliminate the insurgency for once and for all", the Defence Minister at the time said. End December, Khartoum began its second "dry season campaign against the rebels" in Darfur. Dozens of villagers were also attacked and plundered in the area of Jebel Marra, East Jebel Marra, and Tawila locality in North Darfur.

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