Sudan: Army 'recaptures huge areas' in South Kordufan

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The Sudanese army says it has driven out rebels from "important locations" and inflicted heavy material and human losses on them during clashes in the mountainous South Kordufan region, over 700 kms west of Khartoum.

The fighting, which was on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, saw the "liberation" of 12 localities, but the army did not give the number of localities there are in that region. The army has thus secured those areas for the coming farming season.

Army spokesman, Colonel Sawarmy Khalid Saad, said the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) had managed to “liberate” 12 locations of the eastern mountains region of South Kordufan State, near the borders with South Sudan.

The spokesman said in a press statement that SAF destroyed fortifications of the rebels and inflicted huge losses in lives and equipment on them.

The Eastern Mountains region stretching up to the Borderline with South Sudan was now free of rebels, Saad stressed. He wished a quick recovery for “our wounded”, hinting that an unspecified number of government soldiers were injured in the fighting.

The spokesman said the action came in the framework of the second phase of the “decisive summer” operations declared by the Defence Minister, General Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein.
He did not say which rebel forces his troops engaged in the region, but it is known that the Sudanese Revolutionary Front, a coalition of rebel forces including the Sudan People's Liberation Army-North Sudan, and some Darfur rebel movements are active in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordufan, western Sudan, and Blue Nile, south eastern Sudan.
-0- PANA MO/MA 16April2014

16 april 2014 21:21:23

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