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Sudan crisis: Crossfire kills Sudanese musician Shaden Gardood

Shaden Gardood, one of Sudan’s most popular vocalists, was killed in crossfire in the Sudanese capital of Omdurman.

Gardood was killed on Friday during skirmishes between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The 37-year-old’s death occurred just one day after the warring sides agreed to end civilian suffering.

In April, fighting began in Sudan as a result of a brutal power struggle among the country’s military commanders.

Gardood lived in the al-Hashmab neighborhood, which has seen a surge in RSF presence in recent days.

Heraa Hassan Mohammed, her niece, confirmed her death on Facebook, saying, “She was like a mother and a beloved to me, we were just chatting, may God give her mercy.”

She then penned the Islamic term for death: “inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.”

Gardood stated in a video that went viral on social media that she was trying to hide from the shelling and begged her son to cover the windows.


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