The Sudanese authorities announced, on Wednesday, the killing of 3 soldiers and a civil engineer, and the wounding of 4 others, in an armed attack in the “Tlus” area of South Darfur state, in the west of the country, on Tuesday.
This came in a statement issued by the “Security Committee of South Darfur State”, which includes the governor of the state, ministers and leaders in the security services and the army.
The committee said that “the details of the incident are due to the interception of 3 armed men on the back of a motorcycle, a commercial vehicle (passenger transport) and blocking the road on it in the Singo area to the city of Nyala (west).”
And she added: “The perpetrators immediately opened fire on the passengers, which led to the killing of 4 people, including a civil engineer and 3 soldiers from the Rapid Support Forces (affiliated with the army), who were returning from administrative leave, and 4 others were wounded with varying degrees of injuries, and they were transferred to the hospital on Tuesday evening.” .
It reported that the joint forces, in cooperation with the families, were able to arrest the three perpetrators (whose identities were not mentioned) and they had a weapon in their possession.
She explained that “the unruly perpetrators’ first goal is theft and looting of property by force of arms and destabilizing security in the region,” and they will be brought to trial.
On August 29, the governor of the Darfur region, Minni Arko Minawi, called on the federal government to expedite the formation of a joint force stipulated in the Juba Peace Agreement in order to protect civilians in the region.
In Darfur, in 2003, an armed conflict erupted between government forces and armed rebel movements, which killed about 300,000 and displaced about 2.5 million others, according to the United Nations.
Bringing peace is one of the most prominent files on the table of Abdullah Hamdok’s government, and it is the first government since the army leadership, on April 11, 2019, dismissed Omar al-Bashir from the presidency (1989-2019), under pressure from popular protests against his rule.