Panafrican News Agency

Sudanese Army moves to end rebellion in Blue Nile State

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Army said Thursday its troops have captured the strategic town of Sali in the quest to retake the major town of Kurmuk on the country's border with Ethiopia and thereby end the rebellion by former governor of the Blue Nile state.

Army spokesman Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid, told the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) the armed forces quashed rebels in Sali town, nine kilometres to the north of their final target of Kurmuk, the Blue Nile state.

Khalid was quoted as underlining that the rebel forces, led by former governor Malik Aggar, "fled in all directions", leaving behind bodies of their dead colleagues and ammunitions.

He said the Sudanese Army entered this strategic town after fighting a bitter battle with the rebel, Sudan People Liberation Army Blue Nile, that lasted 12 hours, where the rebels used all their arms, including tanks and artillery.
-0- PANA MO/BOS 20Oct2011