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Herders’ attacks continue on North Darfur villages

October 26 - 2015 KUTUM
Abbala Rizeigat in North Darfur (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
Abbala Rizeigat in North Darfur (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

For the second consecutive day, militant Abbala herders have attacked villages in the area northeast of Kutum in North Darfur.

Fleeing villagers told Radio Dabanga that a large group of Abbala gunmen raided the villages of Debbat Naira Hillet Hamed Zakaria, and Hillet Deli Tibin at about 3 pm on Sunday.

“Abbala in seven vehicles mounted with Dushka machineguns, and others on camels, torched all the houses,” one of the victims reported.

He said that the militant herdsmen gathered at Amarei village today. “The people of Amarei also fled to the hills and valleys in the vicinity.”

The villager explained that the aim of the militants is to “entirely empty the area of its inhabitants, and to weaken them by robbing them of all their possessions and livestock, and destroying their farms.”

On Friday and Saturday, the Abbala drove their camels onto farms in the area. On Saturday, they torched a large number of houses in the villages of Tima, Shagargali, and Geidaba, about 80 km northeast of Kutum.

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