Disarmament for Darfur
KHARTOUM: Sudan has announced a disarmament exercise after a series of killings and kidnappings in the unstable Darfur region.
The disarmament follows the killing of seven people and abduction of four others by armed militants in Central Darfur.
Last week, in a separate incident, a group of militiamen on camels and horses stormed a village in Jebel Marra and killed a number of people after shooting randomly. They fled with livestock.
In North Darfur, a guard was shot dead in an ambush by gunmen on motorcycles. In another incident, four people were killed by gunmen.
Vice-President Hasabo Abdelrahman said the collection of illegal arms would stem the crisis in the conflict-torn region.
The disarmament would be voluntary now and compulsory later and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. “We will leave weapons in Darfur only for certain purposes,” he said.