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U.N., African Union Condemn Darfur Attack

The United Nations and the African Union on Wednesday condemned an attack on a village in Darfur in western Sudan in which camel and horse-riding assailants killed 20 civilians and burned their huts. The 500 men, suspected Arab militiamen known as the Janjaweed, swept through the village of Abu Sorouj in the Darfur region on Monday, killing the villagers and destroying and looting their houses, U.N. spokeswoman Radhia Achouri told reporters. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan condemned the attack, Achouri said, warning that “the security situation in Darfur remains volatile. Militia attacks on villages continue.” Abu Sorouj was among a number of villages that were attacked this week in all three Darfur states “and continuous displacements of people have been reported,” Achouri said. Recent fighting has forced 5,000 people to flee their homes in southern Darfur to northern areas, Achouri said. Full Story

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