Panafrican News Agency

Sudan: Government forces beat back Darfur rebels

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) on Saturday repulsed attacks by Darfur rebels entering North Darfur and East Darfur states from Libya and South Sudan.

RSF Commander, Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dalgo, told the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) that his forces managed to defeat the fighters of the Sudan Liberation Movement of Minni Minnawe (SLM/MM) and the mercenaries in North Darfur and East Darfur.

SUNA quoted Gen. Dalgo as saying that his forces killed rebel commander, Juma'ah Mandy, and an unspecified number of his men, capturing many others.

He said his troops seized six armored vehicles and other military trucks with full armaments, though the losses on the side of the attackers are still being counted.

He said the RSF, affiliated to the SAF, had four of its men killed, including Col. Hamdan al-Simaih, and a number of others injured.

He added that some of the rebels fled back into South Sudan and Libya and "our forces are chasing them."

Complementing SUNA report, daily newspapers and TV satellite reporting from Darfur, quoted unnamed "knowledgeable" sources as saying the rebels came from South Sudan on board 63 military vehicles out of which the government forces seized 45 and destroyed seven others. Eleven others were driven away.

Those reports added that the attacking forces that came from Libya were conveyed in 140 vehicles, a hundred of which took part in the battle. Government forces, the reports indicated, managed to seize 50 vehicles and destroyed many others.
-0- PANA MO/VAO 21May2017