At least 5 people were killed in two days of tribal violence in western Sudan’s long-restile Darfur region, tribal leaders and a rights group said on Friday.
Leaders of both groups said violence between African Masalit tribesmen and Arab herders in western Darfur flared up on Thursday after two armed assailants shot a trader in a remote area.
In a statement, Maslit tribesmen accused Arab militias of being behind the killing. Tribal leaders and rights groups both said the killing sparked a series of targeted attacks that killed at least four more people.
Five victims were later identified by the Darfur Bar Association, a Sudanese legal group focusing on human rights in the Western Province. The group called on both sides to reduce tensions.
Violence continues in Khartoum amid cross-party talks over how the African country will usher in a civilian government after 17 months of military rule.
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Sudan has plunged into chaos after a military coup led by the country’s top general Abdel-Fattah Burhan ousted a Western-backed government in October 2021, ending its short-lived transition to democracy.
But last December the country’s ruling army and various pro-democracy forces signed a preliminary agreement pledging to restore the transition.
Last week, the signatories to the December accord vowed to begin setting up a new civilian-led transitional government on April 11. However, several major political forces in the country are opposed to the deal.
Since the military takeover, Sudan has also seen an increase in inter-tribal violence in the west and south of the country.
Analysts see violence and growing insecurity in Sudan’s remote areas as a product of the power vacuum created by the military takeover.
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