Kass — Members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Sudan's main militia, detained an elderly sheikh in Kass, South Darfur, on Sunday.
Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a villager reported that RSF militiamen detained 75-year-old Sheikh Abubakar Sharif from his farm at Kara village, 30 km north of Kass in southern Jebel Marra on Sunday morning.
"They entered the farm of the sheikh in a Land Cruiser. They beat him severely and then took him to the RSF headquarters south of the village," he said.
The farmer expressed concern that Sharif may be subjected to further ill-treatment or torture, and demanded his immediate release.
In April, two elderly men were detained in two separate actions by RSF agents in East Jebel Marra, bordering Kass locality. Sheikh Mousa Osman (80) was tortured to death in Libei. A few days later, the relatives of villager Mousa Mohamed Saleh (72) received his body with marks of torture from the RSF in the same area.
Government forces are fighting combatants of the Sudan Liberation Movement under the leadership of Abdelwahid El Nur in southern Jebel Marra (Kass and East Jebel Marra localities). They suspect inhabitants of the area to support the rebels.