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SPLM-N report deadly clash in Sudan’s Blue Nile

December 4 - 2017 BLUE NILE
Members of the SPLM-N (file photo)
Members of the SPLM-N (file photo)

Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) claims to have killed several government troops and captured materiel during an attack on their forces in Blue Nile state.

On Friday the movement's spokesman, Mubarak Ardol, said in a statement that SPLM-N sites at Kaker area north-west of Bau locality in Blue Nile were attacked by government forces.

He said that four government troops were killed, and others wounded. The SPLM-N claims that a Land Cruiser was destroyed, and a quantity of weapons and ammunition siezed.

Ardol said that the SPLM-N consider the attack "a blatant and flagrant violation of the cessation of hostilities".

Ceasefire

In June 2016, President Al Bashir announced a unilateral ceasefire for the Two Areas. Not much later the decision was extended to Darfur. The ceasefire was extended several times after that, the last time on 2 July, for a period of four months.

The Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement’s Minni Minawi faction (SLM-MM) jointly declared a six-month humanitarian ceasefire on 3 May.

As for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), fighting the government in the Two Areas, the faction led by Abdelaziz El Hilu in South Kordofan declared a ceasefire for the period of six months on 2 August.

The warring parties have accused each other more than once of violating the ceasefires.


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