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Seven wounded in shooting in Nyala, South Darfur

January 25 - 2015 NYALA
Riot police in Darfur, February 2014 (France24)
Riot police in Darfur, February 2014 (France24)

Seven people were injured in Nyala, capital of South Darfur, on Tuesday, when government forces fired on them. Dozens of others were detained.

A delegation of relatives of a man killed by a member of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) a week ago, had come from neighbouring Ed El Fursan locality to submit a memorandum to the state Governor.

Ahmed Daoud was shot dead last Sunday, by an RSF militiaman at Nyala’s El Shaabi market. That evening, people went to the streets in protest against the killing. On Tuesday, they staged a mass demonstration. Security and police forces dispersed the protesters with tear gas and live ammunition. 13 people had to be taken to the hospital.

When the relatives of Daoud were on their way to the Secretariat of the South Darfur state government on Tuesday, to request a meeting with the governor, and hand him a memorandum about the killing, security forces used Dushka and Grenov machine guns to halt them, the Darfur Bar Association said in a statement, issued on Thursday.

“Seven of the relatives were injured, and dozens were detained.”

The Darfur lawyers demand the immediate release of the detainees, and the prosecution of the RSF offender according to the legal proceedings”. They stress that the authorities must abstain from withholding facts, and compensate the relatives.

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