Tension in Darfur

KHARTOUM - There was high tension in the Sudanese region of Darfur yesterday following a protest by hundreds of people against a collapsed investment scheme.

KHARTOUM - There was high tension in the Sudanese region of Darfur yesterday following a protest by hundreds of people against a collapsed investment scheme.

According to residents, gunmen believed to be members of the security services opened fire on the protesters.

Aid workers and UN officials confirmed hearing automatic gunfire after a group of up to 1000 people was seen moving towards the centre of the capital of North Darfur state El Fasher in the morning.

UN officials last week said investors had complained about losing large amounts of money in a Ponzi scheme - a pyramid model where money is illegally paid from one investor to the other and presented as profit.

"We don't know if it is police shooting, or civilians, or the Arab militias in town," said an aid worker, who spoke to Reuters.

UN peacekeepers in the area have advised members to limit their movements and locals said most shops were shut. Police were not available for comment. - Reuters

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