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Attacks and robberies in South Kordofan continue

December 8 - 2020 KADUGLI / ABU KERSHOLA
Rapid Support Forces (SUNA)
Rapid Support Forces (SUNA)

Paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) reportedly killed two farmers near the South Kordofan capital Kadugli last week. On November 26, another man was robbed of his motorbike by gunmen wearing RSF uniforms in Abu Kershola. The events took place after a series of violent attacks and robberies last month.

In a press statement yesterday, the Sudanese Human Rights and Development Organisation (HUDO) reported that three farmers found cattle grazing on their cropland near El Efein village, about 15 km east of Kadugli, in the morning of December 2.

The farmers drove the cows from their farmland to the nearby zareeba* (cattle pen).

On their way back they were shot at by a group of armed men wearing RSF uniforms. Farmers Nasir Teeya and Abdallah Kanu were killed instantly. The third farmer, Hasan Kanu, was hit in the neck and right thigh.

A case was filed anonymously at the Kadugli police station, but the police have refused to start an investigation.

In another statement yesterday, HUDO reported that El Haj Mohamed (26) was robbed of his motorbike at gunpoint by four men wearing RSF uniforms in Abu Kershola on November 26.

Mohamed was travelling on his motorbike from Um Burambeta to his hometown El Fayed Um Abdallah when four armed men on two motorbikes intercepted him. They took his motorbike by force. Mohamed was forced to walk to his hometown after the event, where he reported the case to the police.

Up to date, the police has not carried out any of the necessary investigations.

Unrest

These robberies are the latest ones in a longer period of unrest in South Kordofan. Radio Dabanga reported at least three robberies on the road between Talodi and Kologi at the end of last month.

On November 22, (HUDO) reported the armed robbery of more than 20 passengers travelling in a commercial vehicle from Abu Jubeiha to Talodi. They were robbed of their money and smartphones at gunpoint in the area of Gardoud Toro by four armed men dressed in RSF uniforms.

They immediately reported the case to the Military Intelligence of Gardoud Toro, and filed a complaint at the Talodi police station the next day, but no action was taken.

According to HUDO many more robbery attempts were committed alongside this road, due to the lack of response from police. November 24, for instance, saw three attempts at armed robbery of passengers in the same place and on November 25, six gunmen shot at a commercial vehicle near El Beida. Many more attempted robberies took place around Talodi.

All cases were reported to the police, yet no action was taken.

* A zareeba is an enclosed place where lost livestock is traditionally held. The owner is supposed to pay a fine before collecting the animals.


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