Dis­ar­ma­ment for Dar­fur

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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.

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