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Two paramilitary soldiers killed in clashes with police in North Darfur

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July 9, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Two members of the paramilitary Popular Defence Forces (PDF) were killed during clashes with an army/police patrol in the North Darfur state capital, El-Fasher, on Wednesday.

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Sudanese soldiers march holding the flag of the Popular Defence Forces (PDF) during a visit from president Omer Hsssan al-Bashir in Khartoum on 3 March 2012 (Photo: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP/Getty Images)

Eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune that the fighting between the patrol and PDF elements occurred in the vicinity of the Saudi Hospital.

The recruits of the paramilitary force violated an order that banned wearing of a turban-veil locally known as “al-Kadmol” that covers the head and the face and makes difficult the identification of a person.

The quarrel over al-Kadmol quickly evolved into full blown clashes and two PDF members were killed. Two military vehicles were destroyed.

There was no official comment or statement on the incident.

A number of Darfur states banned the wearing of al-Kadmol following robbery attacks by unidentified gunmen in the region. The measure is part of government efforts to fight criminal activities in Darfur.

Tensions are running high in the North Darfur state where the governor Osman Kibir is contested by Arab groups that fought against the rebel groups during the first years of the counterinsurgency war in the region.

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