CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese activists say regime forces have killed 12 people in the country's battle-scarred Darfur region, most of them high school students.

The Sudan Change Now Movement says that the protesters were attacked by regime forces that opened fire on the crowd, also wounding several dozen people in their second day of protests Tuesday.

Residents in the southern city of Nyala in Darfur have been protesting a scarcity of fuel and rising food prices, as well as demanding better management of the conflict-ridden region.

The Sudan Change Now Movement on Wednesday released the names of the 12 protesters killed, saying that at least five were 17 years-old or younger.

They are the first reported deaths in Sudan's demonstrations against recent austerity measures that began in June.