Darfur rebels ‘kill nine govt. troops’ in Jebel Marra
The Sudan Liberation Movement, led by Abdel Wahid El Nur (SLM-AW), reported the death of nine government troops in a clash near Golo, in the western part of Jebel Marra, Central Darfur, on Sunday.
Mustafa Tambour, military spokesman for the SLM-AW, told Radio Dabanga that the rebel fighters responded to a raid by government forces on the village of Tiro, west of Golo.
“After the villagers had fled, the attackers began plundering the houses. This necessitated the intervention of the SLM-AW forces,” he explained. “The government forces fled, leaving behind nine dead, as well as some weapons.”
The spokesman said that the retreating forces pillaged and torched the entire village of Birdani, before they returned to Golo.
Jebel Marra top
The Governor of Central Darfur, El Shartai Jaafar Abdelhakim, told the press in Khartoum on Sunday, after his meeting with First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh, that the insurgency in the area is confined to the top of Jebel Marra. “The armed forces will be able to clean the area of all rebels.”
The First Vice-President said that the aims of the military operations in Central Darfur are maintaining security, and the elimination of the rebels in the area.
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