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11 People Killed, More Wounded in Violence in Darfur
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11 persons were killed and more others wounded in various violence incidents in Sudan's western region of Darfur in the past week, the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported on Thursday.

In South Darfur, a group of armed Arab militia ambushed a government police force on Sunday at Tiega, some 75 km north of Nyala, killing eight policemen and injuring eleven others, the UNMIS said in a statement.

On Monday, a group of armed Arab militia in two land cruiser pick-ups fired indiscriminately while passing through Sani Deleba, some 34 km southwest of Nyala, killing one villager and wounding two others.

On Tuesday, unknown gunmen attacked and killed a soldier of the government troops in the area of Domaya, northwestern Nyala.

The perpetrators took the soldier's assault rifle and fled, the UNMIS said, adding that investigation by the police was under way.

In West Darfur, two unknown gunmen entered the Hassa Hissa refugee camp in Zalingei on Wednesday, shot and wounded an internally-displaced person (IDP). The victim has been hospitalized and is in critical condition.

On Tuesday, a security guard of a non-governmental organization, was shot dead by a drunken soldier of the government troops while on his way home in Kulbus, 100 km north of Geneina.

Meanwhile, Sudanese government reiterated its readiness to resume peace negotiations with Darfur rebel groups at any time and any place.

"The government is ready to talks with the rebel factions at any time and any place, but the problem is how to bring the rebel factions together to one place," a spokesman of the Sudanese Foreign Ministry told reporters on Thursday.

The spokesman said that the rebel factions had different positions on the location of next round of the peace negotiations.

The spokesman noted that an international conference on the Darfur issue, which is to be held in the Libyan capital Tripoli on July 15-16, would determine the place and time of the peace talks.

The Tripoli conference, which is to be co-chaired by the United Nations and the African Union, will be attended by Sudanese government officials, rebel leaders and representatives from the five permanent member states of the UN Security Council and other countries.

The Sudanese government signed a peace deal with one of the main rebel groups in Darfur in May last year while the other rebel groups refused to sign the peace agreement on the pretext that the deal had not meet all their demands.

(Xinhua News Agency July 13, 2007)

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