Sudanese security official: Death toll from South Darfur attack rises to 12

The South Darfur police chief announced on Sunday that the death toll from the armed attack on several villages east of Nyala, the state capital in western Sudan, had risen to 12, including a policeman and a quick support.

And Sudan News Agency quoted Police Director Muhammad Ahmed Abdullah Al-Zein as saying the forces arrested a number of suspects and suspects in the incident.

Al-Zein added that 400 forces have been sent to secure areas that have been attacked, pursue the perpetrators and help civilians return to their homes.

Tribal violence has erupted in the troubled Darfur region in Sudan in recent days.

Adam Regal, spokesman for the General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced Persons in Darfur, said clashes between herders and farmers in thearea of Bilil, in the state of South Darfur, also caused the injury of at least 42 people.

Local authorities said the clashes were triggered by an attempt by shepherds to steal a three-wheeled vehicle known as a “tuk-tuk” in the village of Amouri, which resulted in the death of one person.

Fighting escalated on Thursday and Friday as shepherds and local residents exchanged attacks.

Authorities declared a state of emergency on Saturday and imposed a night curfew in Bleel to help stop the clashes.

Regal said the relief organization counted 12 dead in the clashes and the death toll could rise. He pointed out that many villages in the area have been burned or looted.

He explained that hundreds of families were forced to flee and took refuge in Nyala, the state capital of South Darfur.

These acts of violence are the latest to rock Darfur in recent months. In November, at least 48 people were killed in tribal clashes in central Darfur.

Since 2003, the vast region has been bogged down in bloody fighting, as rebels from the region’s ethnic and sub-Saharan African community launched an uprising, accusing Khartoum’s Arab-dominated government of discrimination and neglect.

For its part, President Omar al-Bashir’s government has responded by launching a scorched earth offensive through aerial bombardments and unleashing local Bedouin Arab militias known as the Janjaweed, accused of mass killings and rape.

During the conflict, some 300,000 people were killed and 2.7 million were displaced from their homes.

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