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Darfur rebels say shoot down government helicopter

Darfur rebels said they had shot down a government helicopter on Tuesday and captured the only surviving crew member, named as Captain Muawiya Zubeir. “The government helicopters came to protect the Janjaweed (Arab militias) who were attacking civilians in our areas and our troops shot down one of them,” said rebel Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) leader Minni Arcua Minnawi. He said the incident happened six or seven km (four or five miles) east of Shearia town in South Darfur state, where displaced people had fled after recent fighting in the town. The SLA had intervened to protect them, he added. Full Story

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