Sudan rebels claim repulsing attack in Blue Nile

A convoy of the Sudanese army ran into forces of the SPLA-N in Bau county, resulting in the death of a number of soldiers, according to the spokesman for the rebels.

A Sudanese military convoy clashed with armed rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) in Bau county of Blue Nile state on Thursday. The rebels claim to have repulsed the convoy and killing 18 soldiers in the process.

The spokesman for the SPLA-N, Arnu Ngutulu Lodi, issued a statement saying their 2nd front managed to repulse the Sudanese convoy of 18 vehicles attempting to attack Kulgu area. They inflicted “heavy casualties mounting to 18 dead bodies left on the ground”.

On Wednesday, the SPLA-N ambushed a military convoy of the Sudan Armed Forces between Madiem and Maganza, and killed three soldiers, Lodi said.

One rebel was killed on Thursday “Five cars [of the Sudanese army] were destroyed, three Land Cruisers and two Ural trucks,” according to the statement. In addition, the rebels seized three Dushka machine guns and a number of rifles.

The spokesman stressed that the rebels will continue “targeting all [Sudanese] forces and militia garrisons and camps”.