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People injured in militia attack on West Kordofan market

February 25 - 2018 KEILIK
The patch used by the Central Reserve Police (Abu Tira) shows an eagle clutching a red sun, over an Eye of Horus. The Arabic text below reads, 'Central Reserve: The Police in Service of the People' (Enough Project)
The patch used by the Central Reserve Police (Abu Tira) shows an eagle clutching a red sun, over an Eye of Horus. The Arabic text below reads, 'Central Reserve: The Police in Service of the People' (Enough Project)

A number of people were injured in a raid by members of the Central Reserve Police, popularly known as Abu Tira, on the market of Keilik in West Kordofan on Thursday.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, one of the victims reported that the attack was triggered by “the shooting of an Abu Tira member by unknown gunmen south of Keilik on Thursday afternoon”.

The ‘Abu Tira’ Central Reserve Police, is a Sudanese government militia consisting of combat-trained forces armed with weapons not used by regular policemen.

“In response, a large group of Abu Tira forces stormed the Kelik Market that evening,” the source recounted. “They beat the people with rifle butts and batons. A number of us sustained injuries. The Abu Tira then plundered the market and set fire to 17 shops.”

He added that the community leaders of Keilik have demanded the authorities to expel the militiamen from the town centre.


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