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Sudanese Muslim troops attack UN peacekeepers destroy Darfur town.

 
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10/07/2007 01:28 PM
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Sudanese Muslim troops attack UN peacekeepers destroy Darfur town.
KHARTOUM, Sudan - A Darfur town under the control of Sudanese troops has been razed, the U.N. said Sunday. The destruction of the town was in apparent retaliation for a suspected rebel attack on a nearby African Union peacekeeping base.
U.N. officials said the burning began Wednesday but observers were unable to obtain firsthand confirmation until Sunday.

"The market area had been looted," the U.N. statement said. It said most civilians fled after the Sept. 29 attack on the base but a few returned to search for food and water.

A U.N. official who had just inspected the North Darfur town said Sunday more than 15,000 civilians were fleeing the area.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said the town was destroyed by the Sudanese army and its allied janjaweed militias of nomad Arabs.

An Associated Press reporter saw Haskanita intact last weekend just as the army was taking control following the suspected rebel attack, although several villages were smoldering nearby at the time. It was unclear if anyone was killed or injured in the destruction of Haskanita.

Several international observers, including aid workers and U.N. officials, disputed claims by local rebel chiefs that about 100 civilians had been killed in the destruction of Haskanita.

The Sudanese military had no immediate comment on the burning of the town. The African Union said it could not comment since it had evacuated the area around Haskanita last Sunday.

The attack on the peacekeepers' camp was the bloodiest against the undermanned and ill-equipped African Union mission and threw into peril peace talks between the Sudanese government and rebels set for this month in Tripoli, Libya.
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10/07/2007 01:36 PM
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