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Two children die in North Darfur UXO blast

December 12 - 2016 FANGA
UXO found near Toringa in Jebel Marra on 9 March 2016 (RD)
UXO found near Toringa in Jebel Marra on 9 March 2016 (RD)

Two boys were killed in Tawila locality in North Darfur on Sunday when a remnant of war detonated.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a resident of Tamra village, 15 kilometres south of Fanga in Tawila locality, reported that an item of unexploded ordnance (UXO)* killed Ayman Ibrahim (12) and Babikir Juma Hamed (10). “Abdelhameed Yousef Adam (14) sustained light injuries.”

He said that the three boys found the UXO not far from the village a foreign body. “It detonated after they began playing with it.”

The villager noted that “The number of UXOs found have significantly increased since the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces entered the area last year”.

He called on the authorities to cleanse the area of war remnants.

* Years of conflict have left Darfur and other war-torn areas of Sudan littered with unexploded ordnance (UXO). Radio Dabanga appeals to listeners throughout the region (and elsewhere in our reception area) not to touch any ‘unexploded’ grenades or other ammunition found in the field. Mark its position clearly to alert others, and report it immediately to a camp elder, Unamid and/or the local police.

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