Six dead in Sudan bombing raid

Sudan's army has bombed a town in the western Darfur region killing six civilians and injuring 25.

    About 100,000 Darfur refugees have fled to Chad

    The attacks on Saturday came weeks after the government

    said major military operations were over in the area.

    Two rebel groups launched a revolt in remote Darfur last

    February, accusing the government of neglecting the arid region

    and arming Arab militias to burn and loot African villages.

    President Umar Hasan al-Bashir said

    last month the government was in full control of Darfur and

    major military operations were over, which the rebels deny.

    A resident of Sherya town, about 70km east of

    the Southern Darfur state capital Nyala, said Antonov

    planes began bombarding the town on Friday evening and Arab

    militias known as "Janjaweed" attacked at the same time.

    Sporadic bombing

    "We left as

    soon as we heard the Janjaweed coming. They were screaming and

    shooting into the air so we ran," the man, who declined to be

    named, said.

    He added that six women and children were killed by the bombings,

    including a one-year-old child and 25 people were injured.

    A spokesman for the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) said

    the bombing was 

    continuing sporadically and 15 children were still missing.

    "We left as

    soon as we heard the Janjaweed coming. They were screaming and

    shooting into the air so we ran"

    Witness to the Darfur attack

    But the Sudanese armed forces spokesman declined to comment, and the governor of Southern Darfur was unavailable for an interview.

    The United Nations has warned of a humanitarian crisis in Darfur

    and says the conflict has affected one million people with more

    than 100,000 refugees fleeing to Chad.

    Darfur refugees

    Meanwhile, government officials in Khartoum told Sudanese giving food

    and shelter to more than 2300 Darfurians - who sold the last of

    their possessions to seek refuge in the capital - to clear the

    area where they were encamped within two days.

    Muhammad Musa, a resident in the southern Khartoum suburb of

    Merowe, said on Saturday that officials from the

    government's commission for refugees had come to the camp to

    help the displaced people return to Darfur.

    "But when we told them none of them wanted to go back

    because they did not feel safe there, they told us we had to

    clear the camp and take the people into our houses," he said.

    Aid workers say there are 1195

    internally displaced people (IDPs) in the makeshift camp of a

    mosque and a school, and the rest of the IDPs had already been

    taken into what little space there was in people's homes.

    The office of the minister for humanitarian assistance,

    Ibrahim Mahmud Hamid, said he was not available for comment.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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