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Militiamen attack group of returnees in Tawila, North Darfur

May 11 - 2018 TABIT
Donkey cart loaded with firewood (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
Donkey cart loaded with firewood (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

Militiamen beat a number of displaced people west of Tabit in North Darfur and caused them varying injuries on Wednesday. The attackers threatened to kill the victims were they to return to the area.

The attack in Dugwa area, Tawila locality, involved about 35 armed men driving vehicles and riding on motorcycles. They attacked 25 displaced people who were collecting straw and firewood at Dugwa.

One of the injured told Radio Dabanga that the attackers beat them with sticks. “Mohamed Omar Suleiman and Adam Yahya Haroun were badly wounded and taken to hospital.”

He added that the perpetrators burned their donkey carts. “They held us from 8am and did not let us go until Wednesday evening. They were threatening us, that they would kill us if we return to the area. It has become a pasture for herders rather than an area for collecting straw and firewood, they said.”

Reports continue to reach this station about attacks on returning displaced people in Tawila locality, in the conflict-plagued western Sudanese region.

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