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Minnawi group claims seizure of new position in South Darfur

April 14, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan Liberation Movement faction led by Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) claimed on Sunday killing 43 Sudanese soldiers and the capture of a new area in South Darfur.

The SLM fighters “achieved a new victory” and took the control of the “strategic” area of Donki Draissa located on the road between South Darfur capital Nyala and Gueraida, said SLM-MM military spokesperson Adam Saleh Abakar in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

Adam said they killed 73 Sudanese military and captured a number of soldiers. He added they also seized important quantities of arms and ammunitions.

Earlier this month the rebel group took the control of Muhajeria and Labado towns in East Darfur. on Saturday they released 14 Sudanese soldiers captured in these areas.

The fighting also triggered the displacement of thousands of civilians.

UNAMID condemned the rebel attacks and delivered humanitarian assistance to the civilians who sought protection around its team site there.

In a related developments, Sudanese first vice-president discussed the situation in South Darfur with the new governor Adam Mahmoud Jar Al-Nabi.

Jar Al-Nabi is the third governor to be appointed in the troubled state since 2010. In February 2012 Bashir appointed Hamad Ismail but relieved him last week after his failure to address the security situation there.

Besides the recent rebel attacks, armed gangs suspected to be part of former militia elements carry out regularly robbery attacks and kidnap civilians seeking ransoms.

The new governor who sworn in on Sunday pledged in remarks to the press that he would work to achieve security and stability in the state and secure the border with the South Sudan.

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