Violence Pushes Sudan to Declare State of Emergency in Darfur
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The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur [UNAMID] said it had sent a team to Kutum town in North Darfur following the reported burning of a police station and cars by unidentified protesters. It gave no details.
Protesters demanded Sunday better security and a civilian state government, a resident said. State governor positions are held in Sudan by military officers despite the toppling of autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April.
Separately, another resident told Reuters an unidentified militia attacked on Monday another sit-in in Fatabarno, a village in the same area.
No more details were available about the two incidents.
Peaceful sit-ins have sprung up in towns across Darfur and in other parts of Sudan, which also protesting the presence of armed militias.
Conflict started in Darfur in 2003 after mostly non-Arab rebels rose up against the Khartoum government. Government forces and mainly Arab militia, which moved to repress the revolt, were accused of widespread atrocities. Some 300,000 people were killed in the conflict, according to UN estimates.