Attackers kill not less than 20 in Sudan’s Darfur, says tribal chief

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Attackers have killed not less than 20 folks, together with kids, who have been visiting their farms in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur area for the primary time in years, a tribal chief mentioned.

“Two months ago the government organised a meeting between the original landowners and those who took their fields” through the long-running battle in Darfur, Ibrahim Ahmad advised AFP information company by phone on Saturday.

“An agreement was reached whereby the landowners would return to their fields – but armed men came on Friday and opened fire, killing 20 people, including two women and children.”

The killings passed off in Aboudos, some 90 kilometres (56 miles) south of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur province, the tribal chief mentioned.

About 20 folks have been wounded within the assault, he mentioned.

The demise toll “could well increase, because some of the wounded are in a serious condition”, he added.

Darfur has been engulfed in a lethal battle since 2003, when ethnic minority Black tribes took up arms in opposition to the forces of the then-longtime ruler, President Omar al-Bashir, accusing it of marginalising the area.

Al-Bashir, who was faraway from workplace final yr, is needed by the International Criminal Court on battle crimes and genocide fees associated to Darfur, which he denies.

According to the United Nations, not less than 300,000 folks have been killed and a pair of.5 million displaced by the combating.

An influence-sharing transitional authorities between civilians and the navy was sworn in in September final yr.

In January this yr, a coalition of 9 insurgent teams – together with factions from Darfur – signed a preliminary settlement with the federal government after weeks of talks.