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"An armed group belonging to the rebel Sudan Liberation Army's (SLA) Minnawi faction attacked the innocent civilians in Alawna on Wednesday evening," the agency quoted local official Abdul-illah Banaga as saying. "The attack resulted in the killing of six civilians and the injuring of four others, who were sent to Dar- Elsalam hospital in El Fasher for treatment."
The official added that the members of the armed group, who were in four-wheel-drive vehicles, set fire to three houses and destroyed a water station in the area.
"The Minnawi movement intended to spread panic among the citizens and force them to relocate, particularly after the area has seen improved stability and security," he noted.
The SLA's Minnawi faction refused to join the Darfur peace negotiations, which were hosted by Qatar and resulted in the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, a peace document between the Sudanese government and the Liberation and Justice Movement.