Abductions for ransom continue in Darfur

The kidnappers of three men in Central Darfur demand a ransom for their release. Militiamen in North Darfur abduct two merchants.

A ransom has been demanded for the three men who were abducted by militiamen in Nierteti, Central Darfur, last Thursday. Two merchants were abducted in North Darfur on Monday.

A relative of one of the three abductees informed Radio Dabanga that pro-government militiamen called their families on Monday, and demanded the payment of SDG 80,000 ($13,309) for their release. Abdel Nasir Ali Suleiman, Elias Ahmed, and Mohamed Mohamed Ahmed are currently held between Khor Ramla and Diko, west of Nierteti town.

They were kidnapped at gunpoint by militiamen on camels and horses, on the way to Nierteti’s weekly market while coming from Omi village on Thursday.

Merchants abducted

In Saraf Umra locality, North Darfur,pro-government militiamen abducted a merchant and a veterinarian from inside a market, in broad daylight, and took him to an unknown destination on Monday.

A witness explained that about eight militiamen in a Land Cruiser raided a veterinary shop, and fired shots into the air, before abducting the shop owner, and another merchant, at gunpoint.