UN calls for probe into killings in Sudan’s Darfur Region

[Photo: African News]

The United Nations is now calling for investigations into the reported killings of 168 people in clashes in Darfur – Sudan.

UN special representative Volker Perthes has condemned the violence, which saw homes set on fire, hospitals attacked and goods looted.

Almost 100 more people were wounded in the violence, and many more displaced in the region.

Several non-governmental organizations say an individual dispute sparked the fighting between Arab nomads and members of the Massalit community in Krink.

This comes amid reports that the Sudanese authorities deployed a notorious militia called the Rapid Support Forces, which was formerly known as the Janjaweed.

Agence France-Presse has accused the Arab Janjaweed militiamen of orchestrating the latest attacks.

Many of its members have since been integrated into the feared paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, commanded by General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, the de facto deputy leader of Sudan, according to rights groups.

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