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Smuggle gangs create lawless eastern Sudan: residents

November 4 - 2016 KASSALA
Front window of a car ambushed by militiamen (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
Front window of a car ambushed by militiamen (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

Lawlessness, human trafficking and smuggling have increased insecurity in Kassala, residents complained. A police sergeant has reportedly been killed by a smuggle gang.

A inhabitant of the eastern Sudanese state told Radio Dabanga that last Saturday, an armed group which is believed to traffick humans, attacked a police force near the Atbara river.

“The gang drove two Land Cruisers when it attacked the policemen stationed at El Shabeik bridge. They shot dead police sergeant Sharif Ahmed Abu Fatmah and wounded another policeman.”

The local authorities are powerless against the gangs in Kassala, the man said, and do not face the human traffickers.

“We live in fear because of the abductions by gangs for ransom.”

Bridge

People who live near the Atbara river complained about the imposition of fees for crossing the bridge that connects the river banks and El Fashaga.

Authorities have imposed a fee of SDG5 for people (80 US cents), an extra SDG150 ($23) for vehicles, 10 pounds for motorcycles ($1.55), and 5 pounds for donkeys and dogs.


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