Three herders were shot dead and two others were wounded in an attack by members of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) on a nomad settlement near Um Dukhun in South Darfur on Thursday.
Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that a group of soldiers raided the settlement in the early morning of Thursday with the intention to steal their property. The herders confronted the soldiers with knives and sticks in defence of their livestock and property.
The soldiers to opened fire, killing three herders immediately and wounding two others who were taken to Nyala city for treatment.
The incident caused widespread reactions in Um Dukhun town. A large crowd gathered in front of the Um Dukhun police station, calling for justice against the perpetrators.
Six of the attackers were arrested after they were identified as a result of being subjected to knife wounds during the raid on the settlement. This has calmed the situation somewhat amid promises to bring the perpetrators to justice, a witness told Radio Dabanga.