Rebels, Sudanese army clash in North Darfur
The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Sudan Liberation Army led by Abdel Wahid (SLA-AW) have reportedly clashed in Mellit in North Darfur. A total of 18 people from both sides were killed, the rebels spokesman claims.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the spokesperson for the SLM-AW, Abdelrahim Nimr, reported that the movement took control of Mellit town on Friday. According to Nimr, 16 militiamen were killed and a number of vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition seized. Two of the movement’s troops were killed. Nimr added that the SLA-troops evacuated the town on Saturday.
SAF Spokesperson, Al Sawarmi Khalid Saad, in a statement issued on Saturday evening said his forces killed five SLA-AW rebels during a pursuit to recover two vehicles the rebels had captured after ambushing a patrol, 2km outside the town of Mellit.
Saad did not mention casualties among the army troops but affirmed they recovered one vehicle, adding that the army is pursuing the SLA-AW troops.
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