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Pro-government paramilitary group kill hostage from Hamadiya camp

July 17 - 2012 ZALINGEI

The dead body of Mustafa Mohamed Issa was found after he was kidnapped last week by a pro-government paramilitary group. His decomposing body was found in Wadi Boro Segel, 1.5 km east of the IDP camp Hamadiya on Tuesday.

This is the latest in a series of confrontations between IDPs from the Hamdiya camp and the government Border Guards in Central Darfur. Tensions are high after the paramilitary group reportedly raided the camp, took ten hostages and robbed nine displaced people in separate incidents last week (http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/33282).

The coordinator of Hamadiya camp told Radio Dabanga that the paramilitary group killed Mohamed Issa after they had kidnapped him on July 12. He said Mohamed Issa's relatives were not notified about the funeral, which took place on Monday. The Zalingei Attorney General Wakil Nyaba did attend the funeral.

The coordinator expressed his worries about the fate of the other nine hostages still held by the Border Guards.

Meanwhile government security forces arrested the displaced person and local administrator at Hamadiya camp Omda Abdel Karim Abdallah on Monday. Omda Abdel Karim was arrested after attending a workshop in a popular court. He is currently being kept at an unknown location.

The camp coordinator told Radio Dabanga he is concerned about Abdel Karim's health situation and fears he is being subjected to torture. He called on all legal non-governmental organizations to work together to secure the release of Omda Abdel Karim.

See also: UN Darfur mission fears revenge attack on Hamadiya camp, 11 July 2012


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