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Sudan rebels claim 150 killed

2012-02-28 12:45

Khartoum - Sudanese rebels said on Tuesday they killed 150 government soldiers along the disputed border with South Sudan in a battle that prompted Khartoum to threaten retaliation against its newly independent neighbour.

Sudan's military denied the casualty toll and said it had killed a "huge number" of rebels, but gave no figure.

The casualties came during Sunday's "surprise attack" against a government base in the Jau area, said Arnu Ngutulu Lodi, of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N).

Rebels counted the bodies on the ground, he said, and seized three tanks along with hundreds of weapons and vehicles in the joint operation with a small number of fighters from Darfur's Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).

The insurgents, who in 2011 formed a "revolutionary front" aimed at toppling the Khartoum regime, claimed the attack in the contested Jau area - part of an oil-rich region on the poorly defined border - as their first combined operation against government forces.