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Market plundered, nomads robbed in North Darfur's Tawila

October 30 - 2015 TAWILA
Closed shops at the market of Kutum in North Darfur (file photo)
Closed shops at the market of Kutum in North Darfur (file photo)

On Thursday, a large group of gunmen plundered the market of Katur in Tawila locality, North Darfur. A passer-by sustained serious bullet wounds. Later that day, men in military uniforms robbed the inhabitants of pastoralists' settlements north of Katur of all their belongings.

“About 45 gunmen riding camels stormed the market, 45 kilometres west of Tabit, at 8 am this (Thursday) morning,” an affected shop owner reported to Radio Dabanga.

“While threatening to shoot anyone who would dare to intervene, they broke the locks of more than 25 shops. They took all the commodities from the shops, such as foodstuffs, clothes, shoes, and other goods, and loaded them on their camels,” he said.

“They left, firing heavily in the air. They shot at Ismail Yahya Ahmed who happened to pass by. He was seriously wounded.”

Military uniforms

On Thursday afternoon, about 25 gunmen wearing military uniforms attacked a number of pastoralists' settlements north of Katur.

“They beat and whipped the inhabitants and took their money, mobile phones, food, household utensils, mattresses, blankets, and all their livestock,” a listener reported from Katur.

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