Sudanese army accuses paramilitary of killing West Darfur governor

AFP , Thursday 15 Jun 2023

The Sudanese army on Wednesday accused the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) of "kidnapping and assassinating" the governor of West Darfur state, nearly two months after a power struggle between rival generals plunged the country into a devastating war.

Khamis Abdullah Abakar
Khamis Abdullah Abakar, the governor of West Darfur state. Photo courtesy of Sudan News Agency (SUNA)

 

The killing of Khamis Abdullah Abakar meant the RSF has added a "new chapter to its record of barbaric crimes that it has been committing against all the Sudanese people," the army said on Facebook, calling the incident a "brutal act."

Sudanese army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, known as Hemedti, have been at war since April 15 after they fell out in a power struggle following a 2021 military takeover that derailed Sudan’s transition to democracy.

Civilian death toll has climbed to 958 in the armed clashes across the country, the Sudanese Doctors' Union said late on Wednesday.

Over 1.9 million people have been displaced since the conflict began on April 15, fleeing to safer locations inside and outside Sudan, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest update on Tuesday

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