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Militiamen destroy Darfur village

UNITED NATIONS, APRIL 9. More than 350 militiamen have destroyed a village in Sudan's conflict-wracked Darfur region in the worst attack since January, the United Nations and the African Union have said.

A joint statement issued yesterday by the top U.N. envoy in Sudan, Jan Pronk, and the top AU envoy, Baba Gana Kingibe, said the names of the militia leader and his known collaborators will be turned over for possible U.N. sanctions and prosecution by the International Criminal Court.

The two organisations expressed ``utter shock and disbelief'' at Thursday's daylong attack on the South Darfur village of Khor Abeche by armed militia from the Miseriyya tribe of Niteaga under the command of Nasir Al Tijani Adel Kaadir.

The statement said the names of Al Tijani and his known collaborators will be turned over to a U.N. Security Council committee charged with deciding which Sudanese are thwarting peace efforts and should be subject to a travel ban and asset freeze.

According to the statement, more than 200 of Al Tijani's militiamen, reinforced by 150 additional fighters from Niteaga, ``rampaged through the village killing, burning and destroying everything in their paths and leaving in their wake total destruction.''

The statement did not give any casualty figures but said the attack was the most savage since the sacking of the South Darfur village of Hamada in January which killed about 100 persons.

— AP

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