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UN human right envoy to Sudan urges Darfur attack probe


Wednesday 15 September 2010  
September 14, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – A UN-mandated human rights expert on Sudan has urged the government there to investigate reports of a recent attack on a local village in north Darfur where at least 37 people were killed by suspected pro-government militiamen.

Justice Mohamed Chande Othman, who is the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, yesterday said that new information appears to confirm reports that more than 37 people were killed and over 50 injured after a militia group attacked the village of Tabra in North Darfur on September 2.
Chande, who was appointed to his position last October by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, said he was “deeply disturbed about these killings which highlight the continuing deterioration of the situation in Darfur."

He urged the government to conduct "as a matter of urgency a thorough and transparent investigation into the attack on civilians in North Darfur."
Chande stressed that "this incident should be investigated thoroughly and impartially and those responsible should be brought to justice."
The attack on Tabra village, which is located in North Darfur state at 12 kilometers from Tawila and 75 kilometers from the state capital Al-Fasher, was initially reported by Darfur rebel group the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) of Abd-al-Wahid Nur.
The group claimed that pro-government militiamen infamously known as Jangweed on 02 September stormed the village’s local market and went into a firing spree, killing 74 people and injuring dozens more.
"The attack started at 2 o’clock pm [local time] on Thursday, the day of the weekly market (souk) of the village, and where a large crowd was gathered" said SLM’s military spokesperson Abdel Rahman Nimir n September 02.
"The assailants are led by a notorious militia leader called Al-Nur Ahmed," he added. The latter and his militia are based in Ome, a village at seven kilometers from Tabra.
Nimir said there were 18 schoolchildren among the 74 civilians killed during the attack. He indicated that the market is located at 20 meters from Tabra elementary school.
The UN-AU Hybrid Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said it had confirmed reports about the death of 45 people in the attack.
"Our security received reports that armed men on camels and horses rode into the market area and indiscriminately began firing upon civilians," said Chris Cycmanick, the official spokesperson of the peacekeeping mission.
However, Sudan’s army disputed reports of the attack and said that its troops in the area were attacked by “bandits”












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