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Security service arrests more suspects of Central Darfur lynching

March 1 - 2019 MUKJAR
Some of the detainees, mostly young men, suspected of lynching a policeman in Mukjar (RD)
Some of the detainees, mostly young men, suspected of lynching a policeman in Mukjar (RD)

The number of people detained in Mukjar in Central Darfur has increased from 16 to 40 and also includes secondary school students. They have been suspected of lynching a policeman who murdered his wife and wounded his son.

In January, people in Mukjar became angry when policeman Zekin Mohamed shot and killed his wife Halima Abdelaziz, and wounded their son. The angry mob went to the police station, dragged Mohamed out, and killed him before setting the station on fire.

The Sudanese security service subsequently arrested 16 youths in one of the camps for displaced people in Central Darfur. This week, they arrested 24 more people.

A listener informed Radio Dabanga this week that among the detainees were 10 women, 15 secondary school students and 15 other youths.

He said that the security service entered the Mukjar camp market and homes of displaced people on Wednesday and Thursday in search of 28 other suspected camp residents. This has brought the number of wanted people for the lynching to 68.

“The raids in the camp led to the flight of a large number of secondary school students and five medical assistants,” the listener explained.

He appealed to the authorities and the native administration to intervene to stop the raids, so that the secondary students will be able to sit for their final examinations on Saturday.


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