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Mutinous police back to base in Darfur

24 April 2013, 09:32

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 service.

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 other abuses.



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