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Armed robberies in South, Central Darfur

February 3 - 2016 GIREIDA
(file photo)
(file photo)

A group of armed men robbed a number of displaced at Forika camp in Gireida in South Darfur on Monday. In Central Darfur, a commercial vehicle was ambushed on Sunday.

A Forika camp elder told Radio Dabanga that 15 gunmen arrived at the camp on Monday evening. “They left their camels outside the camp. They then raided five homes and robbed the residents of their money and mobiles,” he said.

“As they left, they fired a barrage of bullets into the air which terrified the displaced. The janjaweed also shot at the water tank in Gireida, causing serious leakage.

“On Tuesday morning the residents of the area did not have any water. We lodged a complaint at the Gireida police station, to no avail.”

The camp elder added that the attack “is part of the implementation of the government’s plan to dismantle the camps in Darfur”.

In Central Darfur, a group of gunmen robbed the passengers of a commercial vehicle on the Tur-Nierteti road on Sunday afternoon. A total of SDG3,000 ($490) and five mobile phones were stolen.

One of the passengers added that the market of Nierteti is still semi-closed. “Most of the people in the area are confined to their homes in fear of more bombardments and attacks by the many militiamen wreaking havoc.”

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