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Central Darfur Wali: ‘Sudan army, RSF in control of Kutrum’

Members of the Sudanese Armed Forces (File Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran / Unamid)
Members of the Sudanese Armed Forces (File Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran / Unamid)

The acting governor of Central Darfur announced that the Sudanese Army and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) managed to take control over the area of Kutrum in western Jebel Marra after the recent alleged attack by rebel fighters, which the rebels deny.

Speaking to the security forces on Friday, Governor Maj Gen Suleiman El Amin confirmed that government forces managed to retake control over Kutrum and its surroundings. “The security forces took control over these areas after the recent failed attack by the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdelwahid El Nur (SLM-AW) and the Revolutionary Awakening Council (RAC),” he said.

The governor described the attack as “a blatant violation of the ceasefire declared by the transitional government as goodwill to achieve a comprehensive peace agreement”.

As reported by Radio Dabanga last week, the SLM-AW contradicted reports about an attack on government forces in western Jebel Marra on Tuesday.

In a statement on Wednesday, rebel spokesman Mohamed El Nayir denied that his movement’s combatants launched an attack on army forces in the area of Kutrum. On the contrary, he stated, the areas under control of the SLM-AW, including Saboun El Fagur, Feina, and other places, have been subjected to repeated attacks by government forces since the fall of the former regime in April last year.

Darfur security situation

A policeman was shot dead in his home in Saraf Omra locality in North Darfur on Thursday. The police have arrested three suspects, who were reportedly found with the deceased’s rifle in their possession.

Community leader Mohamed Khatir told Radio Dabanga that three gunmen attacked policeman Mohamed Ibrahim and his wife on Thursday evening while they were sleeping in their farmhouse near Karakli . “When he confronted them, they shot him. He died on the way to the hospital,” he said.

He said that the authorities have arrested the three suspects for murder and robbery.

In Tawila locality in North Darfur, unidentified gunmen shot and killed a displaced man and wounded another on Thursday. In a separate incident that day, militiamen killed two camel herders in Karu village.

Omda Mukhtar Bosh told Radio Dabanga that gunmen riding in a Land Cruiser opened fire on Ahmed Abdallah and Ahmed Adam while they were working in Karu village, north of Tawila town. Abdallah was killed instantly, while Adam sustained serious injuries.

The displaced community leader also reported that six militiamen killed herders Jamal Suleiman and Abdelnabi Abdallah in the area between Karu and Tawila. "They then stole their camels and fled,” he said.

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