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Gunmen kill local official in South Darfur

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July 6, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Unidentified gunmen killed the commissioner of Katila county in South Darfur, state governor Adam Mahmoud Jar Elnabi announced on Sunday.

The commissioner Abdallah Yassin was returning to his county from the state capital Nyala when his vehicle was ambushed by the armed men, said the governor in a short statement released after the incident.

The statement added that the commissioner was killed on the spot, while the four people travelling with him were only injured.

Police sources said they are investigating the incident, suggesting that the attackers are thieves who wanted to steal the money in his possession to pay the salaries of Katila county staff.

Katila is located 156 kilometres south-west of the state capital.

Armed gangs, regularly carry out attacks on businessmen and commercial convoys in South Darfur which known by the criminal activities of these bandits.

Robbers on Sunday stormed a mall in Nyala and stole a large sum of money before escaping on a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune that the gunmen took some 70,000 pounds after beating the financial officer in Albrair mall.

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