UN's Ban calls for Darfur protest death probe
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a "full investigation" on Thursday after two people were killed and several students wounded in clashes with Sudanese troops at a protest in Zalingei, West Darfur. Gunfire broke out on Wednesday after Djibril Bassolé, the UN-African Union chief peace negotiatior visiting the region, agreed to meet demonstrators.
Bassolé had been touring the area with Qatari Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmad bin Abdullah al-Mahmud and was visiting the University of Zalingei. They had embarked on a tour of the region to speak to civil society representatives about the current peace proposal for Darfur.
The two men were encircled by protesters. Some protesters threw rocks, so the delegation left the area. Sudanese security forces shot into the air to disperse the crowd.
Ban said that all involved in the Darfur conflict "must be able to express their views freely".
Zalingei is considered a rebel stronghold, faithful to the Abdelwahid Nur faction of the Sudan Liberation Army.
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