Intense fighting in Sudan's S Kordofan
27 May 2013, 15:09
Khartoum - Fierce fighting has erupted between Sudanese
government troops and rebels near Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan, with
both sides giving contradictory figures of casualties.
Sunday's clashes pitched government troops against fighters
from the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of three rebel groups, in
the Dandur area 15km from Kadugli, Sudanese army spokesperson Colonel Sawarmi
Khaled Saad told AFP.
He said government forces had captured two T-55 tanks and
killed 70 rebels.
But a spokesperson for the Sudan People's Liberation
Movement-North (SPLM-N), part of the SRF, denied Khartoum's version.
He said five rebels died in the fighting and that they had
also shot down a Sudanese army helicopter.
Khartoum has been battling the SPLM-N in South Kordofan and
Blue Nile states, two areas along the border with South Sudan, since summer
South Sudan armed and trained the SPLM-N when it was part of
the South's rebel force during the 1983-2005 civil war, but says it cut
military ties before the South's independence in July 2011.
The SPLM-N says it is fighting Sudanese President Omar
al-Bashir's government to put in place a government that respects the rights of
the country's ethnic minorities.