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South Kordofan tribal tension escalates as two killed, seven injured

April 14 - 2020 HABILA / ABU KERSHOLA
Tribal leaders in Kordofan (File photo: Mohamed Hilaly).
Tribal leaders in Kordofan (File photo: Mohamed Hilaly).

At least two people were killed, seven others wounded, and five were kidnapped in Habila and Abu Kershola in South Kordofan, in a series of tribal conflicts between Friday and Monday.

Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that the incident started when 36 cows were stolen in the area of Kartala in Habila locality and Abu Kershola on Friday. A rescue team went after the robbers. In the ensuing clash, two members of the rescue team were killed and five others wounded. Two of the alleged robbers were injured too.

The witnesses explained that matters escalated from an ordinary burglary to a tribal stand-off on Sunday and Monday. As a result, two of the rescue team were taken as prisoners to Abu Kershola and three of the alleged robbers were captured and taken to Um Burambita.

Witnesses confirmed that there is growing tension in the area. “Tribal tension continued to fester despite intervention by a military force to separate the two parties.”

The witnesses appealed to the government to intervene and address the security situation in the area.

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