Khartoum - Mutinous paramilitaries in Sudan's Darfur region
returned to their base after a two-day absence and denied that they rebelled,
official media said on Tuesday.
"Our troops are not rebels but expressed a request in
this way in order to get a solution," Omar Abdelfadl, who led the Central
Reserve Police group which fled, was quoted as saying by the state SUNA news
The interior ministry announced on Sunday that "a small
group from the Central Reserve Police started a mutiny", firing their guns
in the air and fleeing southwest from their base in the West Darfur state
capital El Geneina.
After negotiations, a committee from the government and
local leaders brought the men back, Suna said.
It added, without giving detail, that an
"administration" issue was at the heart of their grievance.
Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamed has told parliament
that Sudan's police are suffering because of poor salaries.
The Central Reserve is one of the government forces used
against rebels who have been fighting in Darfur since 2003 against the Arab-dominated
regime in Khartoum.
Darfuri members of the Reserve formerly belonged to the
Janjaweed, a government-backed militia which shocked the world with atrocities
against ethnic minority civilians suspected of supporting the rebels.
More recently the Central Reserve have been implicated in