A group of militiamen reportedly killed at least five people in Kadugli, capital of South Kordofan, early on Thursday morning.
Witnesses told Radio Dabanga from Kadugli that men wearing uniforms of the Rapid Support Forces raided the El Amara district in the eastern part of the town at about 3 am on Thursday.
They beat the residents and chased them from their homes. A number of houses were torched. At least five people were killed, and an unknown number of others were wounded.
Many people fled to the mountain tops in the area, and took refuge in caves. “They are now living in extremely complicated humanitarian conditions without water or food,” the witnesses said. “All their belongings burned to ashes, as they had to leave them behind while fleeing.”
The sources reported “a severe tension” in the town, “while flames and smoke continued to be seen at the El Amara district. All people are confined to their homes. No one dares to leave their home, and go to the market to buy their needs.”
They added that members of the Rapid Support Forces, Sudan’s main government militia, and other militiamen deployed at the roads regularly assault passers-by.
A report by the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) between March and May indicates that members of the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces militia continue to violate human rights in the country.
Earlier this week, 26 people were killed in clashes that erupted at the market of Kadugli. There were no security forces or regular forces present at the time. A three-day curfew was announced to contain the situation.
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