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Farmers driven-off, villagers robbed in Tawila, North Darfur

June 28 - 2016 TAWILA
Tawila farmlands rented by local owners in rainy season (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
Tawila farmlands rented by local owners in rainy season (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

A group of gunmen attacked farmers in Tawila locality on Monday. They robbed them of their belongings and drove them from their farms. In the area of Tabit, armed robbers shot three villagers and raped another.

“The attackers threatened to kill the farmers should they return to Gallab, Bababat Sigili, and Hillet Tayara,” Omda Mukhtar Bosh, coordinator of the Tawila camps, informed Radio Dabanga.

“They shot Yousef Abdallah and took his money and donkey. They also robbed Mahmoud Ismail Mulla of about SDG7,000 ($1,140), and stole more than 330 head of sheep from the area.”

A listener reported to Radio Dabanga that a group of seven gunmen raided the villages of Um Arda, Mesel, and Masalit in the administrative unit of ​Tabit. “Um Arda residents Abdelmajid Ishag Yahya, Mahjoub Adam Yahya, and Hamed Omar Bakhit sustained serious bullet wounds. The attackers then seized about 100 cows and left. On their way out, they took a 16-year-old woman and raped her alternately.”

The victims have been taken to a hospital in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur.

In Masalit, the attackers beat Halima Omar Saleh (40) on the head with an axe. Saleh had returned to the village from the Zamzam camp in El Fasher to tend her farmland. She was transferred back to the camp, the source added.


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