Train released from detention
Total of six government troops and four hijackers dead in clashes Ten (10) people have died in the clashes that took place between government forces and hijackers of a train in Meiram, before the train was released from detention on Thursday. Sixteen persons are said to have been wounded in the incident. Six (6) police troops have been killed and 10 wounded in the clashes. In retaliation the government forces gunned down four (4) members of the Young Meiram and injured six (6) others. One of the hijackers of the train, who identified himself as a representative of the Meiram’s Youth, told Radio Dabanga that the clashes between the government troops took place a few kilometers north of Elmirim, where the train has been held hostage since Tuesday. The hijackers also claimed to have destroyed two heavily armed Land Cruisers belonging to government forces. The train was moved back to the city of Muglad after the incident. Looting of the goods carried in the train by civilians has been reported on the scene as well. The group detaining the train demanded for a bounty of one billion Sudanese pounds or a formal agreement allowing trade between North and the newly formed South Sudan.