World Bulletin / News Desk
At least 24 people have been killed in fresh fighting in the volatile borderland between Sudan and South Sudan, the southern army and rebels said on Saturday.
South Sudan's army spokesman Philip Aguer said his troops killed seven fighters from a militia "supported by Khartoum" which had crossed the poorly-defined border.
The South's army captured a Sudanese army truck used by the fighters during the skirmish in Obed in Upper Nile state in the northeast of the country, Aguer suggested.
Sudan's army spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khalid could not be reached on his mobile phone.
In separate violence on Sudan's side of the border, rebels from the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-North) accused a militia from South Sudan, supported by Khartoum, of having attacked a village and killed 17 people.
The militia also wounded 35 civilians during their attack in the area of Abujibeha in oil-producing South Kordofan state, SPLM-North spokesman Arnu Lodi said.
The African Union is next week hosting another round of talks between the neighbours aiming to set up a buffer zone, a precondition for Sudan to restart oil exports.Last Mod: 10 Şubat 2013, 10:13