Sudan: Blame traded over civilian deaths in Darfur

A Sudanese official and rebels have traded blame over civilian deaths in central Darfur, an area that has seen sporadic clashes between the army and armed groups despite a government-announced ceasefire. The Darfur Union UK, an activist group, reported that gunmen, reportedly in military uniforms, killed 11 at a camp for displaced people in the Jabal Marra area. Jaafar Abdelhakam, the governor of central Darfur and member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party, accused the SPM Abdelwahed movement of perpetrating Sunday’s attack. SPM Abdelwahed is one of the main rebel groups in Darfur that has refused to enter into dialogue with the government. However, locals blamed government forces for the deaths in what they described as an apparent revenge attack for the murder of a soldier.