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Sudanese Red Cross worker killed in Darfur: ICRC

AFP , Friday 21 Mar 2014
Two Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) who fled their village following clashes between the Government of Sudan and rebel movements, sought protection at the Zamzam IDP camp in North Darfur, are seen here in this March 15, 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

A Sudanese worker for the International Committee of the Red Cross has been killed in Sudan's Darfur, the agency said on Friday, as violence worsens in the region.

"He was hit by a stray bullet while on his way home from work in a private car accompanied by three others," an ICRC statement said.

It identified the victim as Najmaddin Salih Musa Bishara, a warehouse storekeeper.

He was killed Thursday in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state.

"The exact circumstances remain unclear and we are in touch with the police investigating the case," Jean-Christophe Sandoz, head of the ICRC in Sudan, said in the statement.

Sudan suspended activities of the ICRC in Sudan from February 1, accusing it of violating guidelines for working in the war-torn country.

Although its projects were put on hold, the ICRC's roughly 700 local and foreign staff would still go to their offices while discussions took place with Sudanese authorities, an ICRC spokesman said at the time.

North Darfur in particular has been plagued by unrest since late February.

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