Sudan army says it repelled fresh SPLM-N attack in S. Kordofan

December 2, 2014 (Sudan Tribune)

The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) accused the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) of launching a new attack in Blinga and al-Atmoor villages in South Kordofan.

"In a desperate attempt as part of attempts undertaken by the SPLM-N these days to prove its presence on the ground, it carried out an absurd attack on the villages of Blinga and al-Atmoor in South Kordofan state on Tuesday morning," SAF spokesman Colonel al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa'ad said in a statement.

Col. Sa'ad said that SAF repulsed the attackers and killed 50 SPLM-N fighters and seized a large number of equipments and vehicles, pointing out that SAF suffered 4 deaths and several injuries.

There was no comment from the rebel group on SAF announcement.

On Monday, the SAF and SPLM-N traded accusations of starting an attack near Alahimr area in South Kordofan. Col. Sa'ad dismissed SPLM-N claims that it had captured Alahimr, asserting full control of the SAF on the region.

The SPLM-N on its end said that the attack came hours after the press conference made by Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir in which he rejected cessation of hostilities with the armed groups and comprehensive solution to the Sudanese crisis.

"The movement has repeatedly stressed that the [ruling National Congress Party] NCP is not serious in seeking a peaceful solution and wants to buy time for military preparations to begin their military campaign which he calls the decisive summer which is meant to kill and displace civilians," the SPLM-N spokesperson said yesterday.

The Sudanese government and the SPLM-N entered into eight negotiation rounds in Addis Ababa that yielded little progress.

The Blue Nile and South Kordofan's conflict erupted months apart from each other in 2011 when Sudan attempted to forcibly disarm SPLM-N fighters it accuses of being backed by their brother-in-arms in the South Sudanese army.


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