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Camp market pillaged, village attacked in North Darfur

December 15 - 2014 NORTH DARFUR

A large group of militiamen raided Rwanda camp for the displaced, and plundered a number of shops on the outskirts of Tawila town, North Darfur on Sunday. An army commander intervened, and returned much of the stolen goods. On the same day, a village in Korma was attacked, pillaged, and torched.

“The camp residents were terrified,” a robbed shopkeeper told Radio Dabanga. “At about 6 pm, heavily armed militiamen in about 20 vehicles stormed the camp. Under command of militia leader Badur Abu Kineish, they began attacking our shops, and plundering the goods.”

The shopkeeper said that the attack was immediately reported to army commander El Hadi Mohamed Hamed, who intervened, stopped the militia vehicles, and searched their loads. “He managed to retrieve a large part of the stolen merchandise.”

“The commander furthermore issued an order prohibiting militiamen to enter Tawila town with their cars and weapons. They have to leave them at a distance of at least 1 km from Tawila.”

In Korma locality, government-backed militiamen stormed Dalal Mustariha village, beat and whipped the residents, before they robbed them of their property and livestock, and set more than 20 houses on fire.

More than 30 villages were attacked and torched in Korma locality this year.

File photo: Elements of the Rapid Support Forces militia in North Darfur

Related: Militia kill nine, torch 'voluntary return' village in South Darfur (14 December 2014) 


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