World Bulletin / News Desk
Fifty rebels from Sudan’s People Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) have been killed in clashes with the Sudanese army in the northern region of the South Kordofan state, the army’s spokesman announced on Sunday.
An unspecified number of rebels have also been injured in the clashes which had broken out on Saturday evening in the Al-Atmour region, a stronghold of the SPLM-N which the army has announced it has re-taken earlier this month, al-Sawarimi Khaled Saad said in a statement.
“In a desperate bid, the SPLM-N launched an intense attack on the Al-Atmour region which the army has regained control of on June 6,” Saad said.
“The Sudanese armed forces are keen on protecting the security of the citizens who have been assaulted and robbed of their money and property by the rebels,” Saad added.
SPLM-N leaders could not be reached for comment.
Since 2011, the SPLM-N has waged an active insurgency against the Khartoum government in Sudan's Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.
Outlawed by the government, the movement consists mainly of fighters who sided with southern Sudan rebels during the civil war, which ended in a 2005 peace treaty that opened the door to South Sudan's independence six years later.Last Mod: 30 Haziran 2014, 10:20