287 killed in recent tribal conflict in Sudan’s Blue Nile State: official

287 killed in recent tribal conflict in Sudan’s Blue Nile State: official

KHARTOUM, Oct 31 (NNN-Xinhua) — A total of 287 people were killed and 239 injured in the recent tribal conflict in Sudan’s southeastern Blue Nile State, a local official said. Expecting the number of victims to continue to rise, Health Minister of Blue Nile State Jamal Nasir said in a statement that a new survey will be conducted on Sunday.

The forensic medicine teams would determine the causes of deaths of a number of burnt bodies to see whether they had suffered weapon attack or beatings, he noted.

On Oct 19 and Oct 20, fighting broke out between the Hausa and Berta tribes in Blue Nile State, reportedly because of their disputes over land ownership.

On Oct 21, Blue Nile State Governor Ahmed El Omda Badi issued a decision to form a fact-finding committee to investigate the tribal fighting in the state.

The governor also issued a decree declaring a state of emergency in all parts of the Blue Nile region for 30 days.

— NNN-XINHUA

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