SPLM-N claims destruction Sudan army convoys, South Kordofan
The forces of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) claimed on Thursday to have destroyed two Sudanese military convoys which tried to occupy areas in Abu Jubeiha and Talodi localities in South Kordofan state. They have killed at least 65 soldiers, the SPLM-N spokesman stated, and have lost 11 troops.
Spokesman Arnu Ngutulu Lodi said that the convoy of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in Kau-Niaro area in the south of Abu Jubeiha was equipped with three tanks, 57 vehicles, and 1,300 men. They left behind 38 dead when they fled from the clash with the rebel forces.
The SPLM-N captured one tank (T-55) in good condition, two jeeps (Akama), one 60mm mortar, 26 Kalshnikov rifles, two PKM machine guns, two RPG-7, 31 100mm missiles, 13 boxes of PKM ammunition, and seven boxes of 12,7 mm mg. Lodi added that they destroyed one T-55 tank, two large trucks, and a Land Cruiser.
'Talodi convoy also destroyed'
In Warni area in eastern Talodi locality, the rebels destroyed one tank of a SAF convoy, which was equipped with four tanks and 50 vehicles, according to the rebels' spokesman. The soldiers fled and left 27 dead on the ground. The SPLM-N has lost 11 soldiers, and 27 others were wounded, Lodi concluded.
The spokesman of the SAF, Col. El Sawarmi Khaled Saad, however, announced to Suna news agency that the army liberated Miri Bara, west of Kadugli in South Kordofan, on Thursday evening, after fighting with the rebels which lasted for several hours. “The SAF has inflicted heavy losses in lives and equipments on the outlaws.”
'Dry season' campaign
Mid April, Sudan’s Defence Minister, Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein, announced the launch of a “dry season” campaign in the Nuba Mountains. He stated that the war in Darfur had subsided, and that more troops could be moved to South Kordofan. In November and December last year, President Omar Al Bashir and Sudanese officials had announced a “decisive campaign", during the “dry season in the months to come”, aimed at “the final elimination of all armed movements in Sudan”.
File photo: Forces of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (Wikimedia Commons)
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