Upsurge of violence in Dafur region

2013-07-04 14:46
(File, AFP)

(File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Khartoum - Gunfire broke out near key military installations in the largest city of Sudan's Darfur region on Thursday after overnight battles killed a local bandit, residents and other sources said.

The fighting came as the United Nations peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous visited Darfur, where there has been an upsurge of violence this year.

Continuous gunfire could be heard over the telephone as an AFP correspondent spoke with a local resident of Nyala, Sudan's second-largest city, on Thursday.

The shooting appeared to be coming from the downtown area where security forces headquarters are located, the resident said.

Fighting began on Wednesday night when a carjacker was killed, leading his group to retaliate against government forces, sources familiar with the incident said.

After the initial battle, the security forces reinforced their compounds in the city, the sources said.

"There were huge explosions heard, and gunfire," during the Wednesday night clash, one resident said.

A UN panel of experts said in February it had collected testimonies of insecurity, including "growing crime inside towns such as Nyala".

Rebels have been fighting for 10 years in Sudan's far-western Darfur.

While the worst of the violence has long passed, instability has been complicated by inter-Arab fighting, kidnappings, carjackings and other crimes, many suspected to be the work of government-linked militia and paramilitary groups.

Ladsous was in transit through Nyala's airport early on Thursday on his way to Khartoum at the end of his visit, a Unamid spokesperson said.

Read more on:    un  |  unamid  |  sudan  |  east africa
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something is blocking the flow of things today and it is easy to become frustrated and pessimistic. The problem is that your mind...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.