Minenunfälle im Sudan

Zwei Fahrzeuge lösen bei Bentiu Landminen aus (in Englisch)


Two vehicles struck in Sudan’s Bentiu by landmines

May 12, 2011 (BENTIU) -“ Two vehicles have been struck by landmines in the capital of Sudan’s Unity state on Thursday morning, Sudan Tribune has learned.

The incident occurred at 8 am to the two cars just 20 kilometers from Bentiu.

Col. John Madeng Gatduelm a former Mayom County commissioner, told Sudan Tribune by phone that these cars were heading to Tharjath when they stepped into a landmine field.

The presence of landmines is apparently linked to recent clashes between the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) and forces loyal to rebel leader Peter Gatdet.

Last week, a Unity State government spokesperson accused Gatdet militias of planting landmines in to threaten the transportation of South Sudanese ahead of their independence that will be official in July.

The recent clashes between the two sides claimed the lives of 84 people loyal to Gatdet, according to SPLA figures.

South Sudan, which voted in a January referendum to become an independent state, formally ending decades of conflict with the north, has seen a surge of rebel and tribal violence, marring the celebrations ahead of the secession.

Analysts warn that the underdeveloped south, due to split away in July, could become a failed state and destabilize the whole region if security deteriorates further.

More than 1,100 people have been killed in tribal and rebel violence in south Sudan so far since the referendum, according to official figures

Source: Sudan Tribune >>>

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