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Soldier shot attempting to stop Central Darfur rape

August 3 - 2015 BINDISI
Army soldiers in Darfur (file photo)
Army soldiers in Darfur (file photo)

A soldier of the Sudanese army was wounded in a gunfight with two policemen when he attempted to stop the rape of a girl in Bindisi, Central Darfur, on Sunday evening.

A neighbour reported to Radio Dabanga that “two policemen wearing official police uniforms” stormed a house of a woman and her 16-year-old daughter in the town’s Northern District.

“They threatened the mother and began to rape the daughter, the mother told us later. A soldier called Waleed was passing by, heard the young woman screaming and entered the house,” he said.

“Waleed and the policemen exchanged fire and the soldier sustained serious injuries. Several people in the neighbourhood then intervened, and the two policemen surrendered.”

The witness said that the people handed the two captured men and their arms to the police station in Bindisi.

The raped victim was taken to the Bindisi Hospital, while the wounded soldier was transferred to the hospital of Garsila for treatment.

The source said that in an earlier incident on Sunday policemen clashed with army soldiers in Bindisi. “Military commanders intervened immediately and managed to contain the situation. The police commander pledged to bring the accused to justice.”

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