Dozens killed over gold mining rights in Darfur

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - At least 60 persons were killed and an unspecified number of others injured when traditional gold mining groups clashed in North Darfur, bordering Libya, the second such fighting in two months.

The official Sudanese news agency, SUNA, reported on Sunday that two sub-Arab groups in north Darfur state clashed, leaving at least 60 people dead, with the governor and senior aids rushing to the region to try to calm the situation.

The agency said the clashes occurred in the Sirif locality of North Darfur state when a group of men mounting on land cruiser pickups and camels attacked the capital of the locality, resulting in what the agency said was the largest number of death in a single day since intermittent clashes erupted in the area in early January this year.

The news agency said the Governor of the region, Mohamed Kibir, along with his security committee and regional tribal chieftains, rushed to the region to calm the situation.

In January, reports coming from the region said at least 100 people were killed and thousands displaced.

In both clashes, the government did not issue an official statement on the casualties.
-0- PANA MO/VAO 24Feb2013

24 february 2013 11:16:51




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