Sudan accused of training, arming S. Sudan rebels

Sudanese government officials were not immediately available for comment on the allegations.

Sudan accused of training, arming S. Sudan rebels

World Bulletin / News Desk

A top South Sudanese government official has accused neighboring Sudan of providing rebel forces loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar with military training and weapons.

"There was a huge rebel force in Riece of Kerisana, which is bordering Unity State; that's where [the] Sudan army has been training them," the official, requesting anonymity, told Anadolu Agency.

"There were over 2000 officers belonging to Machar. After finishing the training, they were transported to Abu Jabir," he alleged.

"These forces have been attacking our bases in Kaka in Upper Nile State," the senior government official added.

He also accused Khartoum of providing the rebels with light vehicles in exchange for tanks seized from the South Sudan Liberation Army (SPLA).

"The Sudan government gave them 14 pickups in exchange for two military tanks, which had belonged to the SPLA before they [the rebels] confiscated them," the official said.

"This huge [rebel] force is now in full control of Kaka area after they flushed out our troops. We have no doubt that Sudan is supporting them, according to our military intelligence reports," he added.

SPLA spokesman Col. Philip Aguer confirmed the rebel attacks in Kaka and the pullout of SPLA forces from the area.

"The withdrawal of our forces was a military tactic; the SPLA will reorganize and take the town from the rebels soon," he told reporters in Juba.

Sudanese government officials were not immediately available for comment on the accusations.

On Wednesday, Aguer also accused the Sudanese air force of shelling a number of villages on Monday in the northern parts of the oil-rich Unity State.

The allegations, however, were immediately denied by the Sudanese army.

"We affirm that we don't have any hostile intention towards the south and that we don't have any movement on the borders," Sudanese Army spokesman Col. Al-Sawarmi Khalik Sa'ad told a Wednesday press conference.

Last Saturday, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir visited Khartoum, where he met with Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir.

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December, when Kiir accused Machar of trying to overthrow his regime.

The conflict has already claimed more than 10,000 lives, with the U.N. estimating that some one million South Sudanese have been displaced by the violence.

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