Rapid Support Forces assault, rob people in Sudan’s capital
Elements of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) reportedly attacked five youngsters in Khartoum this week.
The independent Sudanese electronic newspaper Hurriyat reported on Tuesday that RSF troops riding a Land Cruiser assaulted a group of young men in Shambat district, Khartoum North. They beat the youngsters with rifle butts, and robbed them of their money and mobile phones.
The victims, among them Muamar El Tayeb, ‘Amer Kineish and Izat Omar, sustained various injuries.
3,300 RSF troops in Khartoum
Last year, under the command of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), about 6,000 new RSF recruits were trained in military camps around Khartoum, to fight and “eliminate the insurgency” in Darfur and South Kordofan. Since February this year, the well organised militia attacked, pillaged, and destroyed hundreds of villages in Darfur, mostly in South and North Darfur. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced.
In April, a RSF force was sent to South Kordofan, to fight alongside the Sudanese army against the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North. Tens of thousands of civilians were driven from their homes by the attacks.
Late May 2014, the Director of NISS operations, Maj. Gen. Ali El Nasih El Galla, said that more than 6,000 RSF troops were distributed at petroleum sites, co-deployed with the armed forces at borders, and co-working with police to protect the national capital and other major towns.
“A contingent of these troops was engaged in violent suppression of peaceful protests in Khartoum in September 2013, the USA-based activist group Enough noted in its report ‘Janjaweed Reincarnate’ of June this year.
“Since that time, analysts report that the RSF’s ranks have swelled to at least 10,000 troops, 3,300 of which are stationed in Khartoum,” Enough stated.
File photo: RSF troops in the field (RSF facebook page)
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