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South Darfur market closed after murders

July 28 - 2015 TOR
Militiamen walking in a market in Darfur (file photo)
Militiamen walking in a market in Darfur (file photo)

Shops in the market of Tor in Kass locality, South Darfur, remain closed after two men were shot dead in one of the shops on Friday morning. Their relatives seek justice for their losses.

The relatives of the two slain merchants, Hasoun Hamed Abdelshafe and Abdelrahman Adam, have refused to be compensated for their losses with money. The ‘blood money’ was suggested by a relative of the killer, a militiaman named Sayer Adam Khamis, to settle the issue. The relative also suggested a meeting at the headquarters of the army garrison in Tur.

On Friday, Adam Khamis stormed a motorcycle repair shop at the market. He shot shop owner Hamed Abdelshafe in the head and chest. Abdelshafe died instantly. When his assistant, Abdelrahman Adam, tried to intervene, he was also killed.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, the relatives of the deceased stressed that Adam Khamis is a known criminal in the area who belongs to the Rapid Support Forces in Zalingei. They claimed that he has killed four people before, without being held accountable for it.

The relatives therefore did not accept settling the matter by accepting blood money, except after Khamis is arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned, they explained.

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