Senior NCP member survives assassination attempt

12 June, 2011 (UNMIS MMR)

Al-Tayyar et al Kadugli, Federal Minister for Youths and Sports and prominent SPLM figure, Haj Majid Suwar, survived unscathed when his entourage was ambushed by armed SPLA elements in Kadugli.

An eye-witness who was part of the entourage said that they came under heavy gunfire when returning from a funeral. He said that SPLA snipers positioned on the mountains shot indiscriminately at civilian and military alike. The NCP figure is said to be on his way back to Khartoum, according to Akhir Lahza.

The SPLM has meanwhile threatened to up its military activities and sweep Khartoum. Commissioner for Abu-Gibeha, Musa Kajo, told Al-Tayyar that the SPLA military activities in the state were sparked by President Al-Bashir statements in Al-Mujlad on the elections campaign trail. He pointed out that the SPLA is yet to roll out its tanks.


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