Sudan: '75 rebels, four govt. soldiers killed in fighting'

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese army said Tuesday that 75 rebel soldiers and four government troops were killed in recent fighting in the country's North Darfur state.

Col. Sawarmi Khalid Saad, Sudan's Army spokesman, said government forces inflicted a “crushing” defeat on rebels in battles in Ba’ashim region, northwest of Millet in North Darfur State, on Sunday and Monday, killing 75 rebels and taking others prisoners.

Col. Saad was quoted by the state-run radio of Omdurman as saying that government troops have also seized 22 vehicles with arms.

The spokesman did not identify the rebels but, according to the semi-official Sudan Media Centre, the rebel troops that clashed with the government in the area are from the Sudan Liberation Movement of Minni Minnawi (SLM/MM), a major Darfur rebel movement which is active in North Darfur State.

The report comes as the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said it was presently providing protection to thousands of people who sought refuge in its bases in Korma, North Darfur, and Khor Abeche, South Darfur, following attacks by unidentified gunmen on villages and on an Internally Displaced Persons' (IDPs) camp.

UNAMID said in a statement that heavily armed men on Saturday attacked a camp of IDPs in South Darfur, setting fire on dozens of shelters and stealing livestock.

It said one IDP was reportedly killed in the attack, and that as a result, at least 2,000 IDPs took refuge at UNAMID base in Khor Abeche.

The Mission said it had deployed additional peacekeepers for the protection of an estimated 1,000 persons who gathered at Korma base, and urged called upon all armed elements to refrain from violence and to ensure unimpeded access by UNAMID and humanitarian organisations for the protection of civilians.
-0- PANA MO/SEG 25March2014

25 march 2014 08:10:21

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