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Attack on UNAMID compound by Pro-government Militia men Kass locality 23rd and 24th April 2015

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South Darfur/Kass 23rd April 2015

When the UNAMID Solders went out for their daily patrol around Kass Locality on the 23rd April, the UNAMID compound was attacked by four (4) members of a Pro-government militia group. Two (2) of them waited outside the camp and two (2) entered the camp, shot the guard and looted one vehicle. On hearing the news of the attack, the UNAMID patrol returned immediately and followed the perpetrators. When the patrol reached the perpetrators, they opened fire and the patrol replied with fire killing six of the militiamen. They returned the looted vehicle, and reported the incident to the police and the Governor of Kass.

On the following day 24th April around 8.30am, a group of the pro-government militiamen attacked the UNAMID compound and opened fire on UNAMID solders. The UNAMID forces returned fire killing five (5), injuring one(1) and capturing two (2) militiamen. The situation remain very tense.

Kass Locality 23rd April

On the 23rd April around 10.00am a group of pro-government militiamen attacked Darso village but they were repulsed by the villagers and the militia withdrew.

During the attack some villagers were out on their farms. On hearing the gunshot they rushed to the village where they came across the withdrawing militiamen and exchanged fire with them. One villager by the name of Omar Eissa was injured and carried to Kass hospital. The situation remains very tense.

SUDO UK calls on the Government to disband the Rapid Support Forces as well as the Janjaweed as these are consistently committing human rights abuses in Darfur. All those individuals or groups responsible for committing human rights violations must be brought to justice.

SUDO UK calls on UNAMID to take strong action in order to fulfil its mandate, including its obligation to “prevent attacks against civilians, within its capability and areas of deployment, without prejudice to the responsibility of the Government of the Sudan”, and the requirement “to investigate and hold accountable those who are responsible, and promote efforts to disarm the Janjaweed and other militias”.