On Tuesday, June 23, a grenade attack wounded eight individuals, including three soldiers, in Nierteti market in the Jebel Marra area of central Darfur. The assailant was allegedly a soldier wanted for drug charges. Following a chase by military police, he threw a grenade at the entrance to the market and engaged in a firefight with the police, before being arrested.
A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in the area over the coming days.
Although levels of violence have decreased since the signing of a peace agreement roadmap in early 2016, tensions remain high in Darfur, and the region continues to present a range of significant security challenges. The ceasefire has reduced the level of violence in the region since 2016, but disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration successes have been limited, and multiple armed groups continue to operate in the region. Persistent violence and instability coupled with the widespread availability of firearms have also created an environment conducive to armed banditry, while persistent communal tensions have often resulted in unrest and clashes between rival armed groups.
Individuals in Sudan are advised to monitor developments of the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. The security environment in Sudan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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