Sudan rebels claim raids on Blue Nile army bases

2014-11-23 22:01

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Khartoum - Sudanese rebels said Sunday they attacked two military bases in war-torn Blue Nile state, days after attending a round of peace talks with the government.

The Sudan Peoples Liberation Army-North raided the bases in Blue Nile last week "in retaliation for the aerial bombardment" of two towns, SPLA-N spokesperson Arnu Lodi said in a statement.

Fighting flared in the state last month after the end of the rainy season, which leaves many roads impassable, despite both sides meeting at peace talks in Ethiopia until last week.

Lodi said SPLA-N forces attacked a military camp in the town of Buk in central Blue Nile on Tuesday "and managed to destroy one mounted land cruiser".

The rebels launched another raid on a base 30km from state capital Ed Damazin on Saturday, killing four soldiers, Lodi said.

In the second raid, one rebel was wounded and another captured, he said on Facebook.

The insurgents launched the attacks in retaliation for government air raids on Chali and Yabus in southern Blue Nile.

But Sudanese Armed Forces spokesperson Colonel Al-Sawarmy Khaled Saad told AFP the rebel claims were "completely untrue".

He said government forces had launched a ground attack on rebels as they massed troops in Yabus, in the far south of the state.

Saad gave no indication of casualties.

The unrest came after delegations from the government and rebels from South Kordofan and Blue Nile ended peace talks in Addis Ababa on 18 November, with mediators saying they were "not too far from a deal".

Fighting erupted in Blue Nile and South Kordofan in 2011 when former rebels from the SPLA-N took up arms against Khartoum.

The insurgents complained of neglect and discrimination by Sudan's Arab-dominated regime.

Read more on:    sudan  |  east africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.