Ibrahim Balandiya

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Ibrahim Mohammed Balandiya was a Sudanese politician in the National Congress Party. He served as the Parliament speaker in the state of Kurdufan and later as speaker of the South Kurdufan legislative council.[1][2] He was the most senior official to be killed in the Sudanese internal conflict as of July 2012.


A convoy belonging to the Sudanese government was ambushed on 6 July 2012. Balandiya was killed alongside seven others, including another state official, Faisal Bashir, the head of the strategic planning committee for South Kurdufan.[3] The state news agency of Sudan, SUNA, stated that the SPLM-N rebel group was responsible, and said that the attack took place between two villages in the region.[4] The SPLM-N denied the accusation. The attack occurred dozens of kilometers away from the closest SPLM-N area of operations at the time. There are persistent local rumours that Balandiya, a Nuba, was killed on the orders of Ahmed Haroun, with whom he was in open disagreement.