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South Darfur capital under curfew following violent clashes

July 5, 2013 at 3:45 PM

NYALA, Sudan, July 5 (UPI) -- Residents of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, are subject to a 7:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew after violence that killed at least five people, authorities said.

The fighting involved a tribal militia and government forces, the Sudan Tribune reported Thursday. A leader of the Rezeigat tribe said Mohammed Abdullah Sharara, a police assistant and tribal member, was killed after being summoned to the National Intelligence and Security Services headquarters.

Al-Omda Abdullah Mustafa Abu-Nouba, the Rezeigat leader, said Sharara was taken to a hospital but could not be resuscitated.

Witnesses said Sharara's family tried to breach the security headquarters. Rezeigat militias and government troops exchanged fire.

The NISS headquarters was gutted by a Katyusha rocket and a newly built hotel was also hit by rocket fire, the report said.

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