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W.Sudan Rebels Say They Kill 186 Militia Fighters

Rebels and villagers attacked and killed 186 government-armed militia fighters who raided settlements in the west of Sudan, a rebel leader said Thursday. Justice and Equality Movement fighters responded on Wednesday to an appeal from villagers after attacks left more than 20 civilians dead in a tribal area in Western Darfur state, the group’s general coordinator Abu Bakr Hamid al-Nur said. “Around 600 militiamen were burning villages in the Masalit area. The villagers asked us for help and with them we counter-attacked and killed 186 in the fight,” al-Nur told Reuters by satellite phone from Sudan. Another Darfur-based rebel group, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army, agreed to extend a cease-fire with the government earlier this month but has accused what it calls pro-government militias of violating the agreement. Full Story

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