Sudan army "repels" Darfuri JEM rebel attack

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese army says it has repelled an attack by the Darfuri rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) on the regional town of Abu Zabad, West Kordufan state, inflicting heavy losses on the attackers and killing their leader.

“The gallant Armed Forces have repelled the remnants of the mercenaries, inflicting huge losses on them, including killing the rebel leader, Fidail Mohamed Rahoom,” Army spokesman, Colonel Al Sawarmy Khalid Saad, was quoted by the official Sudan News Agency as saying in a statement on Sunday.

The army said government troops destroyed 18 rebel armoured vehicles and seized a huge number of weapons of different types, "forcing the rebels to disperse in various directions".

The spokesman said the army was now chasing the remnants of the rebels who scattered in the surrounding areas, reaffirming that the town of Abu Zabad, West Kordufan state, was now under the full control of the Sudanese Armed Forces.

The army said the JEM rebels attacked the southern outskirts of the town with the hope of securing fuel and food from a local market place.

Colonel Saad, describing the attack as “suicidal”, said the rebels' action against unarmed civilians, was “an action contravening their so-called demands for realising justice for the citizens”.

The army spokesman stressed that the Sudanese army was ready to stand in the face of anyone that sought to undermine the gains of the people and their capabilities and that the army would continue, during this summer, its operation with the view to put an end to the rebellion and "pound (down) their strongholds around the country".
-0- PANA MO/MA 17Nov2013

17 november 2013 17:12:35

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