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Heavy bombing in Kordofan's Nuba Mountains

March 11 - 2016 NUBA MOUNTAINS / KILGO
Houses in the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan (file photo)
Houses in the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan (file photo)

An air raid and shelling by the Sudanese army against the armed rebels in the Nuba Mountains resulted in a large fire in a rebel-controlled area on Friday morning. Two men were wounded in an aerial bombardment on Wednesday.

Ten bombs were dropped in the area of Kau Nyaro, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) reported in a statement today. “Our forces were preparing to respond. They were surprised by the enemy fleeing the battlefield before engaging in the fight,” spokesman Arnu Ngutulu Lodi said. Their fighters stay on high alert, he reports.

On Thursday, the Sudanese Air Force bombed Trogi with ten bombs, destroying three houses and killing many goats, Lodi reported.

In South Kordofan, an Antonov of the Sudanese Air Force bombed Tunguli with 12 barrel bombs on Wednesday, the spokesman added. Two persons were reportedly wounded: Hamdan Ismail Daud and Nasradin El Amin, besides the destruction of various materials.

A day before, the Air Force bombed the rebel-controlled areas in Abassiya locality with five barrel bombs. “The explosion caused a bush fire that surrounded a residence of civilians.”

On 28 February, Deri and Lumri near Dalami came under the attack of the Air Force. Four barrel bombs were dropped, Lodi said, causing the burning of pasture and fear among residents.

The Sudanese army recently announced a new offensive against the rebel groups in the Nuba Mountains and military operations targeting all rebel-hold areas after peace talks with the government failed.

Fighting in Blue Nile

The Sudanese army launched an attack on the stronghold of the SPLM-N in Kilgo, Blue Nile, on Tuesday. The rebel movement claims to have repulsed the attackers.

The fight in Bau locality continued from the evening until early next morning. “The SPLM-N managed to inflict heavy casualties on the invaders and completely repulsed them from the area,” spokesman Lodi stated.

He said that at least 18 soldiers were killed, and many wounded were evacuated to the military hospital in Ed Damazin in three lorries and a Land Cruiser.

“There were no casualties on our side. We managed to destroy one vehicle.” Lodi said that it is the twentieth attack on their stronghold in Kilgo since 2015.

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