5 Sudanese soldiers killed in clashes with armed opposition group

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese army Wednesday confirmed the loss of five of its soldiers in central Sudan following clashes with armed opposition Revolutionary Front.

The clashes took place in north Kordufan state, West of Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, it said.

Sudanese Army spokesman, Col. Al Sawarmi Khalid Saad, said the opposition group attacked the village of Sidara with the intent to loot homes and shops belonging to local people.

Col. Khalid was quoted by the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) as saying that fierce fighting took place in the area, with the army repelling the rebel forces and inflicting heavy losses on them.

Col. Khalid said the area was now under the full control of the army, which is still chasing remnants of the rebels.

Two months ago, the same rebel forces attacked and looted Abu Karshoula, in north Kordufan, causing the displacement of thousands of civilians.

After that incident, the federal government started mobilizing its defence forces and the general public against similar attacks.

Wednesday's attack is the second in two months carried out by the Front in central Sudanese Kordufan region.
-0- PANA MO/VAO 24July2013

24 july 2013 15:18:47

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