Sudan: UNAMID condemns attacks by armed gunmen Darfur

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has condemned Monday’s attack on a gathering of internally displaced persons in North Darfur which killed at least six persons including two children.

The peace keeping mission issued a statement saying it condemned the attack on internally displaced persons’ gathering site in Sortony, North Darfur, where unidentified armed men on gun-mounted vehicles opened fire, killing two children and wounding several others, including a UNAMID peacekeeper.

But the statement said, on account of their robust response, the Mission’s peacekeepers apprehended two of the alleged perpetrators of the attack and are in the process of handing them over to Government of Sudan authorities in Kabkabiya.

Earlier, on the same day, a shootout occurred in the market area, some 300 meters from the Gathering Site, where three persons were killed and four injured. The wounded are receiving treatment at the UNAMID clinic in Sortony.  

According to the press release, the Mission was currently verifying the exact number of those affected by these two incidents.

It warned that tensions in Sortony have been escalating since 2 May when nomadic herders accused members of the displaced community of stealing their livestock and demanded the return of their cattle.

Subsequently, they established an intermittent blockade on the Kabkabiya-Sortony road, an essential route for the provision of water and humanitarian aid.

Furthermore,  the UNMID statement said that on 7 May, a group of unidentified men aboard a gun-mounted vehicle moving toward the area inhabited by IDPs near the Mission’s team site withdrew upon being stopped and questioned by UNAMID troops on patrol.

“UNAMID calls on all parties to the conflict in Sortony to exercise maximum restraint refrain from further acts of violence and resolve their issues through dialogue and mediation,” it said.

"The Mission continues to reinforce its daily patrols to strengthen its protection of civilians mandate to its fullest capacity and stands ready to assist the state authorities in all efforts to restore normalcy."

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ms. Marta Ruedas, has condemned the reported shooting and killing of six civilians, including two children, by armed local tribes in Sortony, North Darfur, next to a site for people recently displaced from the mountainous Jebel Mara area of Darfur, said a press release issued by the UN in Khartoum on Tuesday.
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10 may 2016 18:47:41

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