Sudan denies Mali fighters arrived in Darfur

Sudan's army spokesman told an unspecified number of rebels based in South Sudan had entered South Darfur state via Sudan's remote border with the CAR.

Sudan denies Mali fighters arrived in Darfur

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sudan's army said rebels had infiltrated into the troubled Darfur region from the Central African Republic but denied these were fighters fleeing a French advance in Mali, state news agency SUNA said on Wednesday.

With air strikes and ground forces, France has pushed rebels out of cities and into desert and mountain hideouts in a four-week operation to prevent Mali becoming a base for attacks in Africa and Europe.

On Friday, a Sudanese rebel group and a Netherlands-based Darfuri radio station said fleeing fighters from Mali had arrived in the western Darfur region, scene of a decade-long insurgency.

But Sudan's army spokesman al-Sawarmi Khalid told SUNA an unspecified number of rebels based in South Sudan had entered South Darfur state via Sudan's remote border with the Central African Republic. "These forces have nothing to do with the claims from the Darfur movements," he said.

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