Sudan troops move on looted town

2012-08-06 09:10

Khartoum - Two Sudanese soldiers were killed when the army moved in to restore order in a Darfur town after unrest that followed the killing in an ambush of a local official, state-linked media said on Sunday.

The army's deployment inside Kutum, in North Darfur state, is unusual as civic law enforcement is normally a police responsibility.

Troops moved to stop "outlaws" who were looting after the killing last Wednesday of Abdelrahman Mohammed Eissa, the head of North Darfur's Al-Waha district, Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) spokesperson Sawarmi Khaled Saad was quoted as saying by the Sudanese Media Centre, which is close to the security apparatus.

"In this intervention SAF lost two martyrs and two were wounded," Saad said.

Eissa died from gunshot wounds after an ambush and theft of his car in Kutum, official media reported.

Such attacks on government officials are rare in Sudan.

The day after the killing, armed men began looting and ransacking a compound of the UN's World Food Programme in Kutum, WFP spokesperson Amor Almagro said.

"Our office and guest house were looted," with furniture, fuel, computers and other items stolen, she said, adding WFP staff hid and were unhurt during the looting which continued for about 12 hours.

"Since the security situation remains tense and unpredictable we have decided to suspend our operation until the situation calms down," she said.

Banditry, inter-ethnic fighting and clashes between rebel groups and government forces continue in Darfur, in Sudan's far west, nearly a decade after black African rebels first rose up against the Arab-dominated Khartoum regime.

  • magdi.ahmed.923 - 2012-08-06 11:36

    You report failed to mention that the looters are the government backed Janjaweed militia, which have been terrorizing and mass murdering Darfur residents since 2003. This is a coordinated assault by the Al Bashir's regime and his killing machine the Janjaweed to spread fear among the residents in that region after peaceful protesting erupted in Nyala last week in which 13 young people, mainly students, were shot and killed by security forces. This bloody regime have been killing its people in the name of Islam for more than 20 years now and the world just standing still. The regime has shown no change and always resorting to arms in dealing with its oppositions turning the country into one hot bed for rebel groups with major military operations in Darfur, Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan and the with our new neighbor South Sudan. With the government's budget becoming a war budget and the loss of most the oil revenue to South Sudan, Sudanese people are living terrible economic conditions these days. Local currency value has plummeted, food prices skyrocketed with inflationary rate on the loose. The regime met public protesting with extreme violence. So far 13 killed and over 2000 are being detained and tortured. The situation on the ground is not improving. The holy month of Ramadan, a month of fasting and meditation, kept many people from protesting but a build up of resentment and anger among Sudanese is felt and many expect a showdown at the end of Ramadan.

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