94 killed in Darfur clashes

The file photo shows a camp for internally displaced people in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur.

Two days of fighting between rival tribes in the Darfur region of western Sudan have left 94 people dead, a tribal leader says.

“Since yesterday there has been a clash between us and the Salamat after they tried to attack us,” Ahmed Khiri, who called himself a leader of Misseriya troops, told AFP on Saturday.

The Salamat and the Misseriya are two rival groups which have been fighting each other for many years.

“We lost eight of our men and killed 86 from the other side,” he added.

But a leader of the Salamat group gave a lower death toll, saying, “The Misseriya attacked our village and we resisted, losing 52 of our men.”

He said his forces killed “a number” of their opponents, and destroyed two of the 30 heavily armed vehicles, which were used in the offensive.

The joint African Union-UN peacekeeping force known as UNAMID says inter-ethnic fighting has been the major source of violence in Darfur this year.

About 300,000 people have fled fighting throughout Darfur in the first five months of this year, according to UNAMID.

The latest bloodshed occurred in the Umm Dukhun area in the southwestern Darfur, near the Chadian border.

Darfur has been the scene of violence since 2003, when rebels took up arms against the government in Khartoum. There has also been tribal fighting in the region. More than 300,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

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Republished from: Press TV