Sudan refutes UNAMID account of this week’s clashes in South Darfur

The Big Story

Sudan refutes UNAMID account of this week’s clashes in South Darfur

Posted 2015-04-27 08:31:18

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry announced the formation of a federal commission of inquiry headed by minister of state at the Ministry of Justice to investigate the events that took place this week in South Darfur city of Kass. The diplomatic body accused the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) of killing civilians and committing several mistakes since the start of the events. Six people were killed and five others were injured from the "Zaghawa Um-Kmelty" tribe on Thursday at the hands of UNAMID peacekeepers on the road between Kass and Shangita. In a statement yesterday, UNAMID insisted that its troops “returned fire but did not initiate any shooting; they only acted to protect themselves”. The mission also said that the peacekeepers response was “appropriate and proportional” noting that they are in possession of evidence that the attackers, who were riding on horses and camels, were armed with AK-47 assault rifles with which they shot at the pe ...