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Passengers robbed at North Darfuri ‘identity checks’

March 24 - 2015 EL KUMA LOCALITY
(file photo)
(file photo)

Private vehicles in El Kuma locality were stopped by militiamen on Saturday, who asked about the passengers’ tribal origin before robbing them. On Monday, the same group attacked two buses on the El Fasher-Khartoum road, and hijacked a commercial vehicle near El Kuma town.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, the owner of one of the three cars ambushed on Saturday said that the gunmen stopped the vehicles on the El Fasher-Um Keddada road. “They checked our identity and asked about our ethnic background. They then beat us severely and stole all our belongings.”

On Monday morning, a group of militiamen in two Land Cruisers intercepted two buses en route from El Fasher to Khartoum. “They ordered us to disembark at gunpoint, took our money, mobile telephones, and luggage, which they loaded into their vehicles, and fled,” one of the victims reported to Radio Dabanga.

He added that on the same day the robbers hijacked a passenger vehicle near El Kuma.


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