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Sudanese rebels attack South Kordofan capital again, deny death of civilians


October 23, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) has disputed allegations by the Sudanese army (SAF) about the death of civilians during a new bout of mortar attacks launched on the capital of South Kordofan State on Tuesday, saying it only targeted positions of government forces.

A Sudanese man displays damage in the aftermath of shelling by rebels in Kadugli on 11 October 2012 (AFP/File)

SAF’s spokesperson Al-Sawarmi Khalid Saad said that two children died and 8 civilians sustained injuries as a result of the SPLM-N’s new attack carried out on Kadugli town.

According to Saad, the rebels shelled three security checkpoints on the vicinity of Kadugli. He added that the checkpoints are Um Sha’ran, Al-Ihaimir, and Al-Resaires.

He also claimed that the rebels had shelled civilian residential areas with artillery fire launched from more than 12 kilometers, which led to the death of two children and the injury of 8 people.

Al-Sawarmi said in a statement issued on Tuesday that SAF responded to what he described as an indiscriminate action by the SPLM-N to prove itself and uplift the morale of its fighters.

This is the second attack by the SPLM-N inside Kadugli this month. The first attack on 8 October led to the death of 6 people, injury of 22 and was condemned by some members of the international community.

SPLM-N’s spokesperson Arnu Loddi confirmed to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that they attacked the three security checkpoints in southeast Kadugli. He however denied SAF’s claims that they shelled civilian areas. According to Loddi, whoever was killed or wounded in Tuesday’s attack must have been a SAF solider because they only targeted positions of SAF and allied paramilitary groups.

The rebel spokesperson also justified their attacks on urban areas by saying that government forces have been engaged in a daily campaign of aerial bombardment against civilians in the areas the SPLM-N control. This campaign, according to Loddi, already claimed scores of lives including those of children.

He went on to fault those who condemned their attacks on Kadugli accusing members of the international community of failing to condemn the government for its continuous campaign of aerial bombardment.

Arman offers SPLM-N’s assistance in creating the buffer zone between Sudan, South Sudan

SPLM-N secretary-general Yasir Arman maintained in a press release issued on Tuesday that their attacks inside Kadugli fall within the category of “self-defense”.

According to Arman, the attacks are meant to preempt the summer offensive he said SAF is preparing for. He insisted that the attacks on Kadugli are not part of a military offensive and that their priority is to open corridors to deliver humanitarian assistance to the civilian population in their areas. “And for this objective we are ready to cease hostilities in order to enable a humanitarian operation on the condition that Khartoum does not control it” he added.

He said that the tension in Kadugli is a result of what the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in Khartoum has been doing. “It [the NCP] started the war and its leaders are saying every day and night that they want to reach [SPLM-N stronghold] Kauda and that they forced more than 200,000 civilians from South Kordofan and Blue Nile to flee their homes and cross the borders as refugees into South Sudan and Ethiopia”.

Arman argued that the implementation of the security arrangement deal between Sudan and South Sudan on creating a demilitarized buffer zone along their common borders is practically impossible without the participation of his group which, according to him, controls 40 percent of border areas.

He added that the SPLM-N is offering to cooperate with the international community in creating the buffer zone.

Arman concluded that the correct and right way out of the whole crisis is for the NCP leadership to negotiate a peaceful and comprehensive settlement to the conflict in the two regions, and to accept without conditions the opening of humanitarian corridors and cessation of hostilities.


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  • 24 October 2012 09:00, by Nubian King

    Mr. Liar El Sawarmi,
    continue making your fellow SAF comrades children/women as Ahilu advances and captures more strategic towns. Only a big idiot will listen to your speech because even when SAF perpetuates an assault and sustains major loses you’ll always give false information.

    • 24 October 2012 12:40, by South South

      Nubaian are not sleeping, they will soon reach Khartoum. This is war SAF, in war people are killed and things are broken to win it. Nuba, kill fake Arabs and librate your land from Fake Arabs. Good job SPLM/N. Of course we know SAF will lie about you fighting them, do not listen to them, they are wicked people. War, war and war, the only langauge fake Arabs will understand.

    • 24 October 2012 12:42, by South South

      Nubaian are not sleeping, they will soon reach Khartoum. This is war SAF, in war people are killed and things are broken to win it. Nuba, kill fake Arabs and librate your land from Fake Arabs. Good job SPLM/N. Of course we know SAF will lie about you fighting them, do not listen to them, they are wicked people. War, war and war, the only langauge fake Arabs will understand.

  • 24 October 2012 12:44, by Dumez Davis

    SPLM –N, I really pity your situation with all efforts and momentum you gained by unifying with Darfur rebel group and could not make any progress, I rather suggest please joint peace talk and you will probably find your destiny but I promise you, not by gun that you will change regime in Khartoum.

  • 24 October 2012 12:45, by Dumez Davis

    You had very good experience in South Sudan. How many years did it take for peace to prevail in South Sudan? 21 years lastly it was through peaceful negotiation but not through the barrel of guns as you proposed. Whenever you bomb any Town with aim of killing Sudanese troops, its opposite that you kill your own mothers and sisters. Not the enemy. Please think wise.

    • 24 October 2012 14:46, by Wrong Chemical

      experience without practices doesn’t much better I recommend the SPLA-N to fight untill last bullet b’se bulshit call nya-bashir doesn’t voice only without gun barrel continue shelling SPLA-N OYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

    • 24 October 2012 15:41, by zulu

      Fool. Even the Nuba fought for quite over 20yrs. i believe however that Disco will soon intensify on Kaduguli like when it dawned on Juba. SPLA-N are not fools

  • 24 October 2012 15:27, by Marolditapei

    Why is Salva scared of Majak Agot to death like that? How can some one conspire against you twice through military coupe and you scapegoat other innocent people instead.Please Salva listen to others. Majak Agot is supposed to be working under Dr. Francis Mading in Washington. That is how bad guys are pushed to the exile

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